America\'s Space Prize

$50 million + purchase orders for $800 million to the first company that flies a 5 person spacecraft into a 400km high circular orbit on one vehicle twice in 60 days. And another $200 million in purchase orders for the company who isn't first but has a system that Bigelow really likes.

I can't wait to see who all attempts this. Further info here.

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America's Space Prize

Via Catallarchy, there's some rather cool information out about [...]

America's Space Prize Via

America's Space Prize
Via Catallarchy, there's some rather cool information out about America's Space Prize.

This one is sponsored by Bigelow Aerospace, maker of inflatable orbital habitat modules and thereby consumer and instigator of

Why is it limited only to

Why is it limited only to americans?

Because Bigelow doesn't want

Because Bigelow doesn't want to deal with export regulations, especially ITAR.

Brian, I think it's only

Brian,

I think it's only limited to Americans because Bigelow wants a reliable
domestic supplier for his launches. I think he wanted to avoid someone
just strapping two extra seats in a Soyuz and then cramming the guys in
with a ramrod. Plus, what's wrong with a billionaire setting his own
terms for a prize he's funding out of pocket? :-)

~Jon

I'm not saying there's

I'm not saying there's anything wrong, I was just curious. The wider the net of potential aspirants, the more innovation you might have. I understand if it is to avoid regulatory hassles.

The soyuz capsule bit wouldn't work because its non-renewable and also owned by the Russian government. So I think that would rule that out. Though, if it could be done now, it would be good TO do it now, don't you think? If it is a case of simple 'arbitrage' (move the technology/system to an economy where it will work) I imagine someone would try and do so now. Russia, having practically the only reliable manned earth-to-orbit capability now would certainly be interested in such a quick end around, and probably would implement it shortly if it were possible. I don't think it is.