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December 15, 2005

Rocket Racing League

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From Peter Diamandis, the man who created the Ansari X–Prize in order to encourage space entrepreneurs to design and build new kinds of spaceships, comes this new venture: Formula 1 racing in the skies.

Long story short: race rockets, at speeds of many hundreds of miles per hour, around a course.

The first generation of racers are currently under construction by XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, California.

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Don't laugh: SpaceShipOne, created to win the Ansari X–Prize, did just that one year ago and today a commercial version of the ship is being built with Sir Richard Branson, most recently of Virgin Galactic, planning to begin tourist flights (for around $200,000 a seat) in 2008.

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Just yesterday Branson announced that Virgin Galactic and the state of New Mexico will construct a $225 million spaceport near the city of Truth or Consequences.

Rocket Racing League website videos are here.

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Yeah, right — what's XCOR, anyway?

I mean, if you'd asked, ten years ago, "What's Google?", people would've looked at you just as funny....

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I just read a little about a native Mississippi boy and former rocket scientist, Chris Odom, who recently published a textbook, BasicX and Robotics: The Art of Making Machines Think: http://www.basicxandrobotics.com/

The book combines robotics, computer programming and science on a high school level to get kids interested in science. What made me think of Joe is that he says the basic premise of his class is to get kids to think "Wouldn't it be cool if..." - and then get them to bring their ideas to reality.

Not too much makes me want to be in high school again but this did, so I just thought I'd share. He's giving robotics demonstrations and signing books in Jackson next week. I'll report back after that.

Posted by: Shawn Lea | Dec 15, 2005 4:35:53 PM

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