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Encyclopedia > X Prize Foundation
The original Ansari X Prize was presented on November 6, 2004.
The original Ansari X Prize was presented on November 6, 2004.

The X PRIZE Foundation is a non-profit prize institute that designs and manages public competitions for the benefit of humanity.[1]. Download high resolution version (948x572, 99 KB)Description: A symbolic $10 million check is presented to the winners of the Ansari X Prize on November 6, 2004. ... Download high resolution version (948x572, 99 KB)Description: A symbolic $10 million check is presented to the winners of the Ansari X Prize on November 6, 2004. ... November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A non-profit organization (often called non-profit org or simply non-profit or not-for-profit) can be seen as an organization that doesnt have a goal to make a profit. ...

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Mission

The mission of the X PRIZE Foundation is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. The Foundation fosters innovative, high-profile competitions that motivate individuals across all boundaries to solve grand challenges.


Prizes

Ansari X PRIZE

The first X PRIZE competition, the Ansari X PRIZE for Suborbital Spaceflight, successfully challenged teams to build private spaceships to open the space frontier. Burt Rutan, financed by Microsoft founder Paul Allen, won the Ansari X PRIZE on Oct. 4th, 2004. As a result, $10 million was awarded to the winner, but more than $100 million was invested in new technologies in pursuit of the prize. Today, Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and others are actively creating a personal spaceflight industry. The X prize logo shows a stylised letter X representing a spacecraft trajectory and containing a starfield. ... Elbert Leander Burt Rutan (born June 17, 1943 in Estacada, Oregon) is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. ... Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953 in Seattle, Washington) is an American entrepreneur who formed Microsoft with Bill Gates. ... Sir Richard Branson (born July 18, 1950) a famed British entrepreneur, is best known for his widely successful Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations. ... Jeff Bezos on the cover of TIME as Person of the Year 1999 Jeffrey Preston Bezos (born January 12, 1964) is the founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of Amazon. ...


Archon X PRIZE

The Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the second X PRIZE to be offered by the X PRIZE Foundation, was announced October 4th, 2006. The goal of the Archon X PRIZE for Genomics is to greatly reduce the cost and increase the speed of human genome sequencing to create a new era of personalized, predictive and preventive medicine, eventually transforming medical care from reactive to proactive. The Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, a joint effort of the X PRIZE Foundation and the J. Craig Venter Science Foundation, is a $10 million prize to be awarded to the first team to successfully sequence 100 anonymous human genomes in 10 days at a recurring cost of no more than $10,000 per genome. The Archon X Prize in genomics, the second X Prize to be awarded by the X Prize Foundation, based in Santa Monica, California, was announced October 4th, 2006. ...


Automotive X PRIZE

The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles to help break our addiction to oil and stem the effects of climate change. Teams will compete for multi-million-dollar cash prizes by designing and building super-efficient vehicles that will achieve 100 MPG or its equivalent, that people will want to buy. The Automotive X PRIZE is the next X PRIZE from the X PRIZE Foundation, following the inaugural Ansari X PRIZE. // The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE is to produce a commercially viable 100MPG (mile per gallon) car. ...


Wirefly X PRIZE Cup

The Wirefly X PRIZE Cup is the result of a partnership between the X PRIZE Foundation and the State of New Mexico that began in 2004 with plans to build the world's first true rocket festival. Now entering its third year, the Cup is an annual three-day Air & Space Expo and the premier destination for space enthusiasts worldwide. This year, the Cup will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force at the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM and will include a live air and rocket show. The 2007 Wirefly X PRIZE Cup and Holloman Air and Space Expo is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28, with an Education and Media Day on Friday, Oct. 26. The Wirefly X PRIZE logo combines a stylized letter X reminiscent of a space trajectory with stark, bold text. ...


Board of Trustees

The current Board of Trustees is comprised of the following:

Peter Diamandis is the chairman of the X Prize Foundation, an organization dedicated to opening the space frontier to average people. ... Robert K. Weiss is an American film and television producer. ... Eric Anderson may refer to: William Eric Kinloch Anderson, British former headmaster [[Eric Anderson (Police Explorer) Former Captain of the APD Police Explorers Eric Anderson (VC), English recipient of the Victoria Cross Eric Anderson (basketball), U.S. former professional basketball player Eric Anderson (sociologist), first openly gay track coach in... Anousheh Ansari (Persian: ‎, born 12 September 1966) is the Iranian-American co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc. ... Amir Ansari Amir Ansari is co-founder of venture capital firm Prodea. ... Richard Garriott in Lord British attire Richard Allen Garriott (born July 4, 1961; nickname Lord British) is a significant figure in the video game industry. ... Kevin Kalkhoven, born Kevin Oscar Newton Kalkoven, former CEO of JDS Uniphase, is an Australian venture capitalist and auto racing magnate based in Menlo Park, California. ... Dean Kamen on one of his inventions, the Segway PT. President Clinton and Kamen in the White House, Kamen riding his innovative invention, the iBOT Mobility System. ... Dr. Raymond Kurzweil (born February 12, 1948) is a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic musical keyboards. ... Byron K. Lichtenberg, Sc. ... Erik Lindbergh (born 1965 or 1966) is an aviator, a promoter of space tourism and artist. ... Diane Murphy (June 17, 1964) is a former child star, best known for sharing the role of Tabitha with her twin sister Erin in the 1960s television series Bewitched for one season. ... Elon Musk (born 28 June 1971) is an entrepreneur and founder of PayPal and SpaceX. He is chairman of Tesla Motors and SolarCity. ... Lawrence Edward Larry Page (born March 26, 1973 in Lansing, Michigan) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded the Google internet search engine, now Google Inc. ... Barry Thompson Barry (Baz) Thompson plays lead and rhythm guitar in Bolt Thrower on all albums. ... Dr. Venter (right) with Michael Janich on his visit in Hong Kong in December 2004 J. Craig Venter (born John Craig Venter October 14, 1946, Salt Lake City) is an American biologist and businessman. ...

References

External links

  • Wirefly X Prize Cup press release
  • Archon Genomics X Prize
  • Automotive X Prize Website
  • X Prize CUP Website
  • X Prize Foundation website

  Results from FactBites:
 
SPACE.com -- NASA, X Prize Foundation Shoot For the Moon (751 words)
X Prize Chairman, Peter Diamandis presented the rules and officially opened the competition for team registration.
In 2004, the Ansari X Prize proved that offering a prize is an effective, efficient and economical model for acceleration breakthroughs in science and technology.
Based on that success, the X Prize Foundation is now expanding their efforts to offer more prizes in the space industry, as well as, in the areas of health, energy, transportation, and education.
Ansari X Prize - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1132 words)
The X Prize was designed to help encourage the space industry in the private sector, which is why the entries were not allowed to have any government funding.
The X Prize was modeled after many prizes from the early 20th century that helped prod the development of air flight, including notably the $25,000 Orteig Prize that spurred Charles Lindbergh to make his solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Representatives of the Ansari X Prize Foundation symbolically presented the ten million dollar prize to Burt Rutan and Paul Allen of Mojave Aerospace Ventures on November 6, 2004.
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