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Grand Prix-style racing 1,500m in the skyPlans for rocket-propelled aircraft to race each other round a 3D racecourse in the sky have been launched by Peter Diamandis, the man behind the $10m X-Prize for suborbital space travel.
This artist's impression shows how the races will look.
All images/photos courtesy of Rocket Racing League
The Rocket Racing League plans to have a debut exhibition race at the X-Prize Cup event in September 2006, in New Mexico. In the following six months, races at an additional two air shows and two auto race events are planned followed by a championship event in New Mexico at the X-Prize Cup 2007.
Spectators on the ground will be able to follow the race from the planes' 20-foot rocket plumes. They will also be able to watch their favourite pilot using Wi-Fi-enabled, handheld GPS tracking devices, which will receive streamed video of the cockpit and live racing action.
Fans at home will also be able to see the pilot's course on their TV or computer.