Photos: Chasing the X Prize Cup

Photos: Chasing the X Prize Cup

Summary: Three competitions with $2.5 million in prizes for future space technology highlight this year's Wirefly X Prize Cup.

TOPICS: Telcos

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  • Lunar Lander Challenge

    For the Vertical Rocket Challenge, vehicles are required lift off to 150 feet above the ground and hover for 90 seconds before landing on a smooth surface 100 meters away. Three teams will compete for the $500,000 prize.

  • Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

    For the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, teams are required to build vehicles that will lift off 150 feet above the ground, hover for 180 seconds and land 100 meters away in an area that is similar to the rocky lunar surface. Three teams are competing for a $1,500,000 prize. Teams must beat the challenge to win the prize.

    Left is a how NASA envisions the next lunar lander.

  • Rocket plane

    The Rocket Racing League, advertised as NASCAR in the sky, will show off the Mark-1 racer. Organizers are building planes to race on a 3D racetrack in the sky--complete with television and ads galore. Shown is a prototype of a Rocket Racer.

Topic: Telcos

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