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Thursday, November 29, 2007

V-PRIZE: Challenge to the Commercial Space Community

The V-PRIZE is gaining sustained interest in point-to-point suborbital spaceflight from Virginia to Europe with more space advocates, business and political leaders taking notice such as Virginia State Delegate Ken Plum (D-Reston, Va.).

Next month "Challenge to the Commercial Space Community" will air on Northern Virginia cable channels to explain the effort to boost commercial suborbital spaceflight and capitalize on Virginia's space launch infrastructure investment at the Wallops Island Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. V-Prize Foundation directors Megan Seals and Jim Dunstan are interviewed by Ken Plum about the NewSpace prize project.

Wednesday afternoon Virginia's Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS) aerospace panel endorsed a tax break (w/revisions) for space launch firms to use the Virginia spaceport. The legislature will consider the so-called ZeroGravity, ZeroTax measure to compliment the Virginia Spaceflight Liability and Immunity Act adopted in 2007.

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