Wednesday, February 22, 2006

X Prize Lunar Lander Challenge Is Shaping Up

The X Prize Foundation have released the first draft of rules for their Lunar Lander Challenge (LLC) today. They will entertain a week's worth of feedback from the public on the draft.

The $2 million LLC is the latest challenge from the X Prize foundation, who also brought us the now-legendary Ansari X Prize. As most of you probably know SpaceShipOne claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004.

The new LLC prize will require a VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) rocket to take off from one pad and land on another distant pad, with two difficulty levels involved. The competition is currenlty planned to take place at the 2006 X Prize Cup event on October 21-22 in New Mexico.

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