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.

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  • 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.

  • Rocket Truck

    Tom Pickens wanted a little extra power on his 2003 Chevy SS pickup so he fitted it with a nitrous-oxide powered hyrbrid rocket engine that produces 2,750 pounds of thrust. It will give a 3/4G "kick."

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