The first X-Prize Cup event was in October 20-21, 2006. The Cup was hosted by the Las Cruces Airport, and FLARE was invited to set up a display. FLARE Director Denzil Burnam was invited to coordinate the Education Day Launch, in which nearly twelve hundred students would launch their own rockets.
The FLARE display at X-Prize Cup I before the park opened. Photo by tokind.
We participated in the X-Prize cup in 2006 and 2007 at the Las Cruces Airport, and in the 2008 X-Prize Education day events at nearby Holloman Air Force Base. The 2006 event was the most memorable for us. We entertained people from all over the world, and some of us were even interviewed for television. Images of our display appeared as far away as the U.K., the Netherlands, and Japan.
Todd and Terry Stroud take a break at the FLARE display. Photo by tokind.
We met some pretty big characters in rocketry as well. Among others, The Rocketman Ky Michalson was there with his grandson and some nifty Rocketman artifacts in tow.
Master Blasters stars Todd Stroud and son Terry Stroud were on hand to support the Tripoli Display. These guys definitely has the large-scale end of the market down. Our display was a bit more intimate, and complemented the huge rockets just next door. Besides, we had more comfortable seating.
FLARE club members have an impressive array of flying scale-model rockets from the NASA space programs, plus a lot of Missiles and hobby kit rockets to share with the public. The eyes of young people really light up when they see the wide range of possibilities in front of them. This is the whole point.
This event featured wonderful displays of the contenders for the original X-Prize, the challenge to get a manned spacecraft to nearly earth orbit, return to earth, and then use the same craft to do it again within 72 hours.
There were also new X-Prize contests under way at this event. The Lunar Lander challenge feature Armadillo Aerospace performing a test flight of their entry. There was also a Space Elevator prize with teams gathering from around the country to demonstrate the use of solar power to lift a body into space.
This article is a work in progress. it will go on to describe the mass rocket launch. --Tokind.