*** Media Alert For April 24 and 25
***Canadian Team Vying for $10 Million X PRIZE to Take Public to Space

The following is being issued by

  • Who:
  • Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and President, X PRIZE Foundation
  • Geoff Sheerin and the Canadian Arrow X PRIZE Spaceship;
  • Steven Bennett, Starchaser X PRIZE team
  • Erik Lindbergh, Vice President, Trustee, X PRIZE Foundation


Transport into New York City and public display of the six-story high
spaceship entrant into the X PRIZE (http://www.xprize.org ) and its Canadian
Arrow X PRIZE team.
On the eve of Mark Shuttlesworth’s $20M ride to the
International Space Station, the X PRIZE is sponsoring an international “Race
to Space,” that will develop a new generation of low-cost reliable spaceships
for the rest of us.
The X PRIZE is patterned after the Orteig Prize won by
Charles Lindbergh for his solo transatlantic fight in 1927.
Sponsored by the
X PRIZE, Grandson Erik Lindbergh is recreating the 1927 flight from Republic
Airport to Le Bourget, France on May 1.

  • Route of Canadian Arrow Spaceship into New York (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
  • I 87 South to I 287 South (exit 23).
  • 287 to 202 South to 80 East, to 95 East, To GW Bridge to Manhattan

(estimated about 12:15-12:30 p.m. ET). Police escort across the bridge … I
95 to 3rd Avenue to 2nd Avenue South to Queensboro Bridge — Bridge plaza
South to Jackson to 44th Drive to 21st Street to Bridge Plaza South; to 12th
Street. Stienway Storage at 42 12th Street, Long Island.

  • Thursday, April 25 (5:30-10:00 a.m.) DISPLAY
  • Rockefeller Plaza: 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues,
  • New York

    Thursday, April 25 (10 - 11 a.m.) PRESS CONFERENCE
    Explorers' Club, 46 W. 70th Street, New York

    Thursday April 25 (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) DISPLAY
    Central Park: 72nd and 5th Avenue, New York

The X PRIZE is a ten million dollar prize to be awarded to the first team
that builds and flies a three-person vehicle to an altitude of 100 km
(62 miles) twice within a two-week period.
Currently twenty-one teams from
the private sector in five countries are pursuing the purse.
information and photos of the spacecraft can be found at
http://www.xprize.org .

Erik Lindbergh’s Flight can also be followed by logging onto
http://www.xprize.org which connects directly into X PRIZE Mission Control at
the St. Louis Science Center.

“The X PRIZE is a masterstroke, a brilliant idea.
What the X PRIZE could
very well do is to jump-start a part of space exploration that is based on the
active participation of regular Americans.” — Tom Hanks, Actor, Director and

“I think the X PRIZE should be viewed as the beginning of one giant leap,
and that giant leap will involve the participation of citizens in the exciting
venture outward into space.” — Dr. Buzz Aldrin, NASA Astronaut, Apollo 11