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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Alan Boyle: No Ansari X Prize flights planned until July 17 at the earliest.
Alan Boyle's cosmic log reports: The X Prize Foundation confirmed today that it would give 60-day notice of any prize attempt (even though the official rules talk about a 30-day period). That means there are no Ansari X Prize flights planned until July 17 at the earliest. That also means I totally blew my Fourth of July prediction: I had read too much into the foundation's plan for a May 5 announcement, which turned out to be about the Ansari family's backing for the $10 million purse.
Of course, the SpaceShipOne team can fly its plane anytime it wants to — say, for a 100-kilometer test flight that wouldn't count toward the Ansari X Prize. But the team appears to be gearing up for a media splash befitting what could be SpaceShipOne's first official spaceflight.
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