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2009-11-03 06:15:00

NASA will award $1.65 million in prize money Thursday to a pair of innovative aerospace companies that successfully simulated landing a spacecraft on the moon and lifting off again. NASA's Centennial Challenges program will give a $1 million first prize to Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., and a $500,000 second prize to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Tex., for their Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge flights. The competition was managed by the X PRIZE Foundation. The Northrop...

2009-11-02 17:38:00

Public-Private Partnership Intended to Educate and Engage Public in Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, Alternative Fuels, and the Science and Math Behind Efficient Vehicle Development PLAYA VISTA, Calif., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The X PRIZE Foundation, a world leader in conducting incentivized competitions to stimulate innovation, today announced it will receive up to $5.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, on behalf...

2009-10-19 10:49:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multimillion dollar competition to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, today announced the 43 teams-- representing 18 states, 10 countries and 6 fuel types, that have passed the competition's Design Judging phase and will move into the most exciting phase of the competition - performance and safety testing - putting them one step closer to their share of the $10 million prize...

2009-10-09 05:45:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems successfully completed level one of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge X Prize Wednesday. The 715lb vehicle originally named XA0.1B - referred to as "Xombie" - completed two flights to qualify for the $150,000 Level One prize of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The flight trajectory involved taking off from a pre-designated launch pad, ascending to an altitude of 53 meters, flying 50 meters horizontally to...

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2009-10-04 08:05:00

On Oct. 4, 2004, the first privately manned spacecraft named SpaceShipOne, demonstrated that a rocket capable of carrying passengers could fly 62 miles above the earth and could do it twice in two weeks, according to the Associated Press. By showing its reliability and commercial viability, SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize. Due to the success of SpaceShipOne, British mogul Richard Branson announced he would be using the technology for a second generation ship called SpaceShipTwo, under...

2009-08-06 11:00:00

Automotive Experts Will Lead Judging Process in Multimillion Dollar Competition for Super Fuel Efficient Vehicles PLAYA VISTA, Calif., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multimillion dollar competition to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, today announced the hire of six new team members who will lead technical operations for the competition. All six new hires will serve on the technical inspection and design...

2009-06-01 12:01:00

Cahill brings a wealth of experience in the automotive and energy sectors to the multimillion dollar competition for super fuel efficient vehicles PLAYA VISTA, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multimillion dollar competition to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, today announced the hire of Eric Cahill as senior director. Cahill will report to Cristin Lindsay, vice president of Prize Operations. In...

2009-05-19 12:31:00

PLAYA VISTA, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel efficient vehicles, praised President Obama's plan to accelerate new fuel economy and emissions standards passed by Congress at the end of 2007. The plan will set a single new national efficiency standard that requires passenger cars and light trucks to get an overall average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, four...

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2009-04-15 07:20:00

The group who created the X Prize for space travel, DNA research and hyper-efficient autos has a new contest up their sleeve.  On Tuesday they announced that they will be offering a $10 million dollar prize to the person or group who is able to transform the health of a small U.S. community. The non-profit group will be accepting written proposals for the Healthcare X Prize, of which they will select five finalists to conduct a three-year trial run in real communities to determine whose...

2009-04-07 12:12:00

PLAYA VISTA, Calif., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a multimillion dollar competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles, today announced its official list of 111 Registered Teams. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://news.prnewswire.com/viewrelease.aspx?STORY=MTY= Having passed this first wave of judging, these teams now move one step closer to competing for their...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.