>>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

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>>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby pauldear » Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:57 pm

Dear all,

A number of teams have been wondering and asking whether the N-Prize will be extended beyond its original deadline of September 19th, 2011.

I am happy to announce that there will be an extension, of exactly one year. Therefore, the prize will remain open until September 19th 2012. The wording of the rules will be updated shortly to reflect this.

For those of you who were racing to try to meet the 2011 deadline, the race is still on! It remains a "first past the post" competition (in each of the two categories - reuseable and single-shot), so the deadline extension should not alter your plans in any way. For those teams who did not expect to meet the original deadline - including the many teams who have signed up within the last few months, and those of you mired in a sea of regulatory paperwork - the extended deadline should mean that you are still in with a chance.

I hope this announcement will not slow the pace of those teams who are nearing an N-Prize launch, and I hope also that it will give teams a little more breathing space to develop their technology and negotiate their way through (or around) the red tape.

Best wishes to all the teams. Have fun, be creative, and make astronautical history! (Oh, and be safe, I guess.)
Paul
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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby rick m » Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:23 pm

This is great news Paul. We will be testing this Saturday out at FAR on a new grain geometry and igniters for our 100,000' attempt and test stand modifications. We will also be casting the first DoubleSShot propellant grains in the Sugar Shot to Space program.

I had hoped a team would make this year's deadline, maybe some team will...maybe we might sign up afterall.

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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby pauldear » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:55 pm

Hi Rick,

Well, two or three (maybe four) teams are still in with a chance at the original deadline, but it was getting to the point where the newest teams would really not have anything to shoot at, and the nearly-ready teams would be rushing and maybe taking chances. So, hopefully, the new and final deadline will work to everyone's advantage.

Cheers,
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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby WillD » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:02 am

Good news Paul
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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby DaveHein » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:38 pm

pauldear wrote:Hi Rick,

Well, two or three (maybe four) teams are still in with a chance at the original deadline, but it was getting to the point where the newest teams would really not have anything to shoot at, and the nearly-ready teams would be rushing and maybe taking chances. So, hopefully, the new and final deadline will work to everyone's advantage.

Cheers,
Paul

Paul,

If we are being realistic, there are no teams that are "nearly-ready". Prometheus and WikiSat are the only two teams that are showing any progress. Prometheus still hasn't done their model rocket rockoon launch or even ground tested their model rocket, which they were supposed to have done three weeks ago. WikiSat has run a few good balloon launches, and have done some good work on testing rocket motors. Both teams have developed prototypes for their satellites with radio transmitters.

I think Rick is as far along as the leading N-Prize contenders -- and he hasn't even developed anything for the N-Prize. He has much more high-power rocket experience than the other teams.

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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby pauldear » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:43 pm

Yes, nobody is going to crack this in the next 24 hours, that's for sure. However, there are also a few teams who are making progress but keeping quiet (and of course many more teams who are not making progress, yet also keeping quiet!).
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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby DaveHein » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:00 pm

I can understand teams keeping quiet to protect their technology. However, I don't understand why a team that is making real progress wouldn't post some of their achievements. If one of the quiet teams is really close to winning the N-Prize they would have won the Carmack prize by now, and are probably ready to do a sub-orbital space shot. I think you can understand why I'm skeptical that there is a quiet team that is close to doing an orbital launch.
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Re: >>>CLOSING DATE EXTENSION<<<

Postby pauldear » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:30 pm

Well, you might be right - I guess we can only be sure of the teams that have reported progress. In any event, here's hoping that some of the teams will make good use of the extended deadline.

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