Announced March 20 at the New York International Auto Show, the new X Prize’s competition already is heating up, with teams preparing applications for the first round of qualification. The next phase includes a cross-country stage race, set to begin in September 2009 in New York. To win the $10 million purse, a vehicle must post fuel economy that exceeds 100 miles per gallon or its energy equivalent, fall under strict emissions caps and finish in the fastest time.
The X PRIZE Foundation previously bankrolled the highly publicized Ansari X Prize competition, which pitted privately funded space travel developers against each other in a race to launch the first successful suborbital manned space flight with no governmental aid. The Foundation subsequently announced the Google X PRIZE, offering $30 million to the team that mounts the first privately funded space mission Earth’s Moon, delivering to its surface a robot capable of traveling
500m/1,640 ft and successfully transmitting video
images and data back to the Earth.
Editor PickX Prize offered for first private craft to the Moon
The X Prize Foundation and Google Inc. have announced 10 teams that will vie to be the first to land a privately-funded craft on the Moon and win $30 million.