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X PRIZE Cup. WireFly X PRIZE Cup Overview for COMSTAC Michael S. Kelly, RLV/WG 25 October 2006. Highlights. First actual X PRIZE Cup Two competitions Northrop-Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge NASA Centennial Challenges Space Elevator Games

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X PRIZE Cup

WireFly X PRIZE Cup

Overview for COMSTAC

Michael S. Kelly, RLV/WG

25 October 2006


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Highlights

  • First actual X PRIZE Cup

  • Two competitions

    • Northrop-Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

    • NASA Centennial Challenges Space Elevator Games

  • First flight of a vehicle under FAA/AST Experimental Permit


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Armadillo Experimental Permit

  • Experimental Permit (EP) required for Lunar Lander Challenges at X PRIZE Cup (instead of launch license)

  • Armadillo completed EP requirements Thursday, 19 October, in first untethered flight at Las Cruces


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Remaining Events on Friday and Saturday

  • Successful completion of full flight profile by Armadillo

  • Several High-Power Amateur Rockets flown

  • Hybrid and LOX/alcohol static engine firings

  • Bell Rocket Belt

  • F-117 and F-18 fly-by




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FAA Participation

  • Experimental Permitting

  • HPAR trajectory simulation and rail parameter study pre-event

  • Real-time 6 DOF simulation during event using real-time winds

  • IIC event safety



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Conclusions

  • XP Flight Ops had its work cut out for it

  • FAA indispensable part of the team

  • Despite challenges, audience experienced smooth event


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