October 5, 2005T
he X Prize Cup
opens October 6 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and concludes October 9 with demonstrations of the personal spaceships at the core of the festivities. This is an annual event that replaces the Ansari X Prize Competition. Last year, the $10 million Ansari X Prize went to SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded manned spacecraft to reach suborbital flight twice within 2 weeks.
This year's celebration explores the possibilities of commercial space flight and showcases the spacecraft of the future. Discounted tickets for the Space Expo October 9 at Las Cruces International Airport are available from the X Prize Foundation's web site. On the day of the event, adults are $8; students (1318) are $4; and children 12 and under are free. The following are the weekend's highlights.