X-Prize Cup/Self Promotion

The company I’m with, Masten Space Systems, is now one of the sponsors for the X-Prize Cup personal spaceflight exposition. I’ll probably be there with my family, as will David Masten (the boss), and Michael Mealling (our VP of business development). We won’t be demoing anything there this year, but we will have a stand there with information about what we’re up to.

It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the X-Prize Cup turns out. There’s some definite hurdles to jump, such as getting a reasonable regulatory setup, building up the infrastructure, getting sufficient branding and interest, etc. But there’s also a lot of potential too, particularly for helping smaller entrepreneurial firms get into the business. I particularly like their race ideas that involve teams having to demonstrate quick turn-around times for their vehicles. I think we’ll see a lot of innovation in flight operations coming out of this event, and maybe a decent amount of funding for small teams trying to push some of the technological envelope.

In spite of the fact that it’ll be a few years till they are fully operational with all of their races, the expositions over the next few years should be quite interesting. Hopefully by next October we’ll have an XA-0.4 flight demonstrator to show off to the public. Should be a lot of fun.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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3 Responses to X-Prize Cup/Self Promotion

  1. kert says:

    the Schedule page mentions :
    Demonstration flights and launches by the XCOR EZ-Rocket Plane; Armadillo Aerospace; ARCA Aerospace; GoldenPalace.com powered by the da Vinci Project; Starchaser Industries; PlanetSpace/Canadian Arrow; RocketPlane; TGV; Beyond-Earth Enterprises; Tripoli Rocketry Association, and more……

    It will be interesting to see how many will turn up, and how many will lift something off the ground. XCOR probably is flying their EZ-Rocket for certain, any otheres ?

    Anyway, im making already plans for being there next year 🙂

  2. Jon Goff says:

    Kert,
    My understanding is that Armadillo is going to attempt a flight of one of their VTVL vehicles (if they can get far enough with their engines to put one together by then). Yes, XCOR will be flying their EZ-Rocket, and I think doing an engine test firing. I think at least one other company will do a drop test of something (probably the da Vinci guys?), and Tripoli will be doing some launches. Most of the rest will just be showing off hardware and talking about their vehicles.

    By next year though, there should be a lot more to watch.
    ~Jon

  3. Mr. X says:

    I’m wondering if anybody in New Mexico’s state government or anybody in Clovis’s city government has given thought of using Cannon AFB for space tourism. With the base potentially closing in 2010, it would be prime real estate for SpaceShipTwo and Rocketplane XP.

    From what I understand, this year’s “Road to the X-Prize Cup” will be in Las Cruces, while future X-Prize Cup events will be held in the spaceport that’s being built in the general vicinity of Las Cruces. Seems to me like New Mexico has a perfectly good spaceport in the eastern half of the state.

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