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Monday, June 30, 2003
SPACE SHUTTLE COMMANDER RICHARD SEARFOSS SELECTED AS CHIEF JUDGE OF THE X PRIZE COMPETITION
The X PRIZE Foundation selected Colonel Rick Searfoss as the Chief Judge of the X PRIZE Competition adding to the recent flurry of activity in the race for a three person private sector reusable launch vehicle.
"The competition is heating up. We could see a winner within the next 12 months. It's time to complete our judging panel. Rick Searfoss' extensive career in aviation and space, linked with his skills as a professional speaker make him the perfect candidate to be our Chief Judge" explains Dr. Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation.
The Chief Judge's initial duty is to complete the development of a pool of world-renowned aviation and space experts to judge the X PRIZE Competition. The judges will ensure that the $10 Million X PRIZE is awarded to the first team to fly a privately financed reusable three-person spaceship to an altitude of 62 miles-and repeat the trip within two weeks. "Since the day I commanded a space mission, I've felt compelled to share the wonder and vision of human spaceflight. To date only 431 humans have enjoyed the unbelievably spectacular, sublime adventure of flying in space - far too few! As Chief Judge of the X PRIZE Competition, I'm deeply honored to witness the efforts of bold, creative, and courageous private teams to reach space, make history, and pave the way for many thousands more." Read More
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