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Armadillo Aerospace Takes Level 1 Lunar Lander Prize 50

jedibfa writes "Las Cruces International Airport came alive with applause and cheers yesterday afternoon as John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace took the first place prize for the Level 1 challenge of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, winning $350,000 and bragging rights. Adding to the excitement of the day, shortly before completing their second qualifying flight, Armadillo Aerospace and The Rocket Racing League announced a joint program to develop a sub-orbital tourist vehicle that will fly out of the New Mexico-based Spaceport America and cost less than $100,000 per ticket. On Sunday, the team will have three opportunities to go for the Level 2 challenge that more closely approximates the required performance for a real lunar landing. Good luck, Armadillo Aerospace, both on Sunday and in your new endeavor!" We discussed preparations for the challenge last week. Several other readers have contributed additional coverage, including the Space Fellowship's live blog of the event, the website for Truezer0, another team participating in the challenge, and a VentureBeat article discussing the economic downturn in space exploration, and how the X-prize competitions figure in. Today's Level 2 challenge will be covered live via webcast.
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Armadillo Aerospace Takes Level 1 Lunar Lander Prize

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 25, 2008 @09:35AM (#25509101)
    It's clear we don't want Carmack's team to win:

    He has stated a few times in the past that he really starts liking the whole rocket-thing: Even more so than his coding brilliance.
    Therefor I think it's in the best interest of gamers all around the world (or at least admirers of tech-engines ;-) ), that he does not win, or even gets close to winning, any of these contests.

    Preferably here would of course be that one of those rockets would be misfired, killing one of the crowd (or killing a father of someone who can then become Carmack's arch nemesis) ; And with some everlasting guilt on his part, we'll be guaranteed that Mr. Carmack's coding abilities will be put towards games.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 25, 2008 @10:45AM (#25509433)

    Well if he gets really good at the rocket thing, maybe you could live DooM rather than just play it.

    Wait maybe that's not such a good thing...

  • by YourExperiment ( 1081089 ) on Saturday October 25, 2008 @12:04PM (#25509837)
    Did I just hear the sound of a rocket whooshing by overhead?

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