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2011-11-02 03:38:40

NASA has signed an agreement with the Space Florida Small Satellite Research Center of Cape Canaveral, Florida, to manage the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge, one of the agency's new Centennial Challenges prize competitions. The Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge is to launch satellites with a mass of at least 2.2 pounds (1 kg) into Earth orbit, twice within the span of one week. The new challenge has a NASA-provided prize purse of $2 million. The objective of the competition is to...

2010-07-13 10:14:41

NASA announced three new Centennial Challenges Tuesday, with an overall prize purse of $5 million. NASA's Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding. "NASA sponsors prize competitions because the agency believes student teams, private companies of all sizes and citizen-inventors can provide creative solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation," said Bobby Braun, the agency's chief...

2010-02-19 07:40:02

NASA will honor the achievements of the 2009 Centennial Challenges prize winners and competition hosts with a technical symposium Feb. 25 and a recognition ceremony Feb. 26. Centennial Challenges is NASA's program of technology prizes for the citizen-inventor. Nine prizes totaling $3.65 million were awarded in 2009. Both events will be held at the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington. The Centennial Challenges Technical Symposium will take place...

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2009-11-01 09:00:00

Just days after NASA ran a test launch of its spiffy new Ares I-X rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a small but devout band of creative space geeks have been trying their hand at rocket science in the middle of the Mojave Desert. On shoestring budgets that probably wouldn't suffice to pay the salary of NASA's personnel for a day, four privately sponsored teams have been competing in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge for a chance to win $2 million in total prize money in...

2008-12-01 12:29:34

The U.S. space agency says it will honor Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, as winner of the 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The recognition ceremony is scheduled Friday at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's headquarters in Washington. Armadillo's winning vehicle successfully demonstrated some of the technologies needed for a lunar lander capable of ferrying payloads or humans back and forth between lunar orbit and the moon's surface, NASA officials said....

2008-10-27 15:00:05

The U.S. space agency says Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, has won $350,000 in prize money in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The challenge is a two-level, $2 million competition sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, designed to accelerate commercial space technology. Armadillo's $350,000 first-place win for level one this year, leaves $1.65 million available in prize money for future competitions, officials said "Armadillo's winning vehicle...

2008-10-25 18:00:10

Armadillo Aerospace team leader John Carmack wore a big smile yesterday as the team earned $350,000 in prize money for winning Level One of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In addition to officials from NASA and other space-industry organizations, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was on hand to witness the victory and to show his support for the private spaceflight industry. Armadillo made an attempt at Level Two of the Challenge today, but...

2008-10-21 13:50:00

Nine teams with rocket-powered vehicles will compete for $2 million in prize money this week during the U.S. space agency's Lunar Lander Challenge. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge will be Friday and Saturday at Las Cruces International Airport in New Mexico. "Teams must fly their vehicle, simulating a takeoff and landing on the moon and repeat the task in a limited period of time," NASA said. "The competition provides a...

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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...

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...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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