The X-Prize becomes a real race now

It looks like a second party has announced an official attempt at the X-Prize.

We’ve all seen video of Scaled Composite’s SpaceShipOne and their first test launch, and we now know the first of their two required official flight attempts will be conducted on October 4th, which happens to be the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.

A second team, the da Vinci Project has now announced that they will make their first of two official flights on October 2nd. The rocket, the Wild Fire, is interesting in that it’s launched from a helium balloon platform.

In an odd twist, the da Vinci Project team’s newest addition to their sponsor list is GoldenPalace.com, the increasingly infamous online casino website.

Not long to go now and we’ll have a winner… personally I still place my money on SpaceShipOne … ( especially after watching Carmack’s plow into the ground a couple of days ago.)

Good to see another team getting up there though.