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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

highlights
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
armadillo experimental permit
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
remaining events on friday and saturday
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
faa participation
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
conclusions
Conclusions
  • XP Flight Ops had its work cut out for it
  • FAA indispensable part of the team
  • Despite challenges, audience experienced smooth event