*** Media Alert For April 24 and 25
***Canadian Team Vying for $10 Million X PRIZE to Take Public to Space
The following is being issued by X PRIZE:
Transport into New York City and public display of the six-story high spaceship entrant into the X PRIZE (http://www.xprize.org ) and its Canadian Arrow X PRIZE team. On the eve of Mark Shuttlesworth's $20M ride to the International Space Station, the X PRIZE is sponsoring an international ``Race to Space,'' that will develop a new generation of low-cost reliable spaceships for the rest of us. The X PRIZE is patterned after the Orteig Prize won by Charles Lindbergh for his solo transatlantic fight in 1927. Sponsored by the X PRIZE, Grandson Erik Lindbergh is recreating the 1927 flight from Republic Airport to Le Bourget, France on May 1.
Thursday, April 25 (10 - 11 a.m.) PRESS CONFERENCE Explorers' Club, 46 W. 70th Street, New York Thursday April 25 (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) DISPLAY Central Park: 72nd and 5th Avenue, New York
The X PRIZE is a ten million dollar prize to be awarded to the first team that builds and flies a three-person vehicle to an altitude of 100 km (62 miles) twice within a two-week period. Currently twenty-one teams from the private sector in five countries are pursuing the purse. Additional information and photos of the spacecraft can be found at http://www.xprize.org .
Erik Lindbergh's Flight can also be followed by logging onto http://www.xprize.org which connects directly into X PRIZE Mission Control at the St. Louis Science Center.
``The X PRIZE is a masterstroke, a brilliant idea. What the X PRIZE could very well do is to jump-start a part of space exploration that is based on the active participation of regular Americans.'' -- Tom Hanks, Actor, Director and Producer
``I think the X PRIZE should be viewed as the beginning of one giant leap, and that giant leap will involve the participation of citizens in the exciting venture outward into space.'' -- Dr. Buzz Aldrin, NASA Astronaut, Apollo 11