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Sunday, June 17, 2007

V-Prize P2P Suborbital Competition Being Organized

SpaceShipOne in 2004 suborbital flight above California.
The V-Prize is now being organized to establish a competition for point-to-point hypersonic suborbital spaceflight from Virginia to Europe in the next decade. The detailed rules and prize amount will be forthcoming in late 2007 or early 2008.

A TransAtlantic space flight from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore using the assets of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport is the first requirement of the V-Prize. Organizers are building upon the Virginia Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act effective July 1st of this year.

No deadline rule has yet to be set but the Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act expires July 1, 2013 unless extended by the Virginia state legislature. A European landing site has not been selected as of yet.

Attorney and space policy advocate Jack Kennedy of Wise, Va.; SFF Teacher in Space Advocate Megan Seals of Reston, Va.; Washington, D.C. aerospace attorney James Dunstan; and Steve Miner, PhD, in Accomac, Va. are leading the corporate sponsorship V-Prize organizing effort.


Jon Goff said...

This is exciting news. Keep us posted on the details as they come out!

~Jonathan Goff

Anonymous said...

As we're seeing with the immigration matters, when the feds sit on their hands, states must (and sometimes do) step up to the plate.