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2006-10-05 00:15:00

WASHINGTON -- The people who spurred private spaceflight with a $10 million prize are doing the same for personalized medicine. The X Prize Foundation is offering $10 million to the first company that can process the genetic codes of 100 people in just 10 days - an advancement that experts say is still at least five years away. "We need new and better technology to get down the road to individualized medicine," said genome mapping pioneer J. Craig Venter, co-chair of the Archon X Prize...

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2006-05-05 19:05:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA said Friday it is sponsoring a $2 million contest to spur aerospace designers to build and demonstrate versatile rockets that may one day support a lunar mission. The competition is part of the space agency's Centennial Challenges program, which aims to foster innovation by offering prizes to teams that can solve a range of problems. NASA is working with the Santa Monica-based X Prize Foundation to conduct the Lunar Lander Analog Challenge, simulating a trip between...

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2006-02-18 10:21:10

LOS ANGELES -- A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The commercial spaceport would be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE government has made an initial investment of $30 million, the Arlington, Va.-based company said in a statement. The spaceport announcement comes on the heels of...

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2006-02-17 07:00:20

LOS ANGELES -- A company that has sent three space tourists into orbit has partnered with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights. The agreement announced Thursday between Space Adventures and the venture capital firm Prodea would help finance suborbital vehicles being designed and built by the Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau. "We want to provide the opportunity for people to experience space in as many...

2005-10-10 06:30:51

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Several thousand space enthusiasts swarmed to the city's airport for a glimpse of a future in which you might just as easily book a rocket to space as you would a plane to Las Vegas. The final day of X Prize Cup Week in New Mexico on Sunday drew a throng of would-be astronauts, entrepreneurs and curiosity seekers. They milled about the wind-swept airport grounds transformed for the afternoon into a Tomorrowland-type theme park. The organizers' goals were to show off what...

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2005-10-05 18:35:57

WASHINGTON -- The first private space ship took its place Wednesday next to Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, a hoped-for symbol of a new era of space tourism alongside the icon of trans-Atlantic flight. SpaceShipOne's designer, Burt Rutan, and its financier, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen, were on hand as the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum took ownership of the 28-foot star-spangled spacecraft. A year ago, Rutan and Allen captured the $10 million...

2005-10-06 01:25:00

WASHINGTON -- The first privately built craft to fly into space became a museum piece on Wednesday, as its creators aim for an eight-seat vehicle to carry passengers to "that beautiful black sky." A year and a day after SpaceShipOne clinched the $10 million Ansari X Prize by flying to an altitude of 62 miles twice within a 14-day period, the pioneer vessel was unveiled at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. It hangs between Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, which made the first...

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2005-03-10 11:47:13

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Smithsonian Institution is honoring the crew of a private spaceship, Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen and aviation legend Burt Rutan with the 2005 National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement. The award, established in 1985, recognizes the SpaceShipOne team for launching the first privately developed rocket plane into suborbital space. Allen, who invested $20 million in SpaceShipOne, plans to donate the spacecraft to the National Air and Space Museum....


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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