The X PRIZE Foundation announced eight of nine competitors who will compete in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge (NG-LLC), an event to take place during the Wirefly X Prize Cup. Originally planned to be four teams, the nine teams will compete for a $2 million prize purse.
The Wirefly X PRIZE Cup features teams of private rocketeers trying to promote technology to help the advancement of space travel.
“We are excited by the number of teams competing this year and their overall level of sophistication,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation.
Eight of the known teams participating:
The ninth team competing in the contest asked to remain confidential, with Internet rumors speculating that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin could be a possiblity. The identity of the ninth team will be revealed 60 days before the start of the contest.
Event organizers expect to fully award the $2 million purse “in what will prove to be an exhilarating showdown between a number of very qualified teams,” Diamandis added.
The event will take place October 27-28 at Holloman Air Force Base, located in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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