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- November 29, 2023
Space Florida Announces Strategic Partnership for Google Lunar X PRIZE Competition
Grand Prize Winner will receive $2M Bonus Prize for Successful Florida Based Launch.
Space Florida Press Release via Business Wire
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.–Space Florida, the organization charged by the Florida Legislature with promoting and developing Floridaâ€™s aerospace industry, today announced that it will be a new preferred partner and Florida will become the first preferred launch site for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. Each preferred partner offers additional prizes or strategic services at a discounted rate to all competition teams.
As the first preferred launch site, Space Florida will award an additional prize of $2 million to the Grand Prize winner of the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition, provided the winner launched the winning flight from the State of Florida and upon confirmation that the winner has complied with all competition rules.
Space Florida was created by the Florida Legislature to sustain Florida’s position as the global leader in space exploration and commerce, and is the principal organization charged with promoting and developing Florida’s aerospace industry.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition encouraging privately funded teams to land a robotic craft on the Moon. The craft must be capable of completing several mission objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth. More information can be found at: www.googlelunarxprize.org.
â€œWe are delighted to be associated with the Google Lunar X Prize competition,â€ states Space Florida President, Steve Kohler. â€œEvery US mission to the Moon has launched from the State of Florida and this agreement creates a powerful incentive for any Google Lunar X PRIZE competitor to launch their entry from the State of Florida and will allow the State to become the future hub for commercial projects, ultimately attracting a wide variety of small and large business entrants in various locations across Florida.â€
â€œAmericaâ€™s first steps to the Moon launched out of Florida,â€ said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation. â€œAs teams head back to the Moon in pursuit of the Google Lunar X PRIZE, I imagine that they will once again look towards the Florida Spaceport. We greatly appreciate the enthusiasm and financial incentives Florida is providing to the competition and teams around the world.â€
Human spaceflight operations are a critical part of Floridaâ€™s economy â€“ bringing $1.68 billion into the State annually and employing 30,000. But as NASA plans to retire the current Space Shuttle program by 2010 and unique and progressive partnerships such as the one signed today with the X PRIZE Foundation, will leverage the Stateâ€™s expertise and reputation in the aerospace industry while establishing new and robust economic opportunities.
Space Florida drives aerospace economic development in Florida and serves as a catalyst for space-related business development, education, spaceport operations, research and development, workforce development, and financing.
â€œ2008 will prove to be another exciting year for raising the level of awareness of the importance of space to our state,â€ continued Kohler. â€œDiversification of the Florida aerospace industry â€“ a critical path for bringing in new business and job opportunities – is a key area of Space Floridaâ€™s focus and we are thrilled to be working with nonprofit, public and private partners to make this happen for Florida.â€
ABOUT SPACE FLORIDA
Space Florida was created by the Florida Legislature to sustain Floridaâ€™s position as the global leader in space exploration and commerce, and is the principal organization charged with promoting and developing Floridaâ€™s aerospace industry. Created as a unique special district, Space Florida serves as the single point of contact for aerospace with federal agencies, military, State agencies, universities, and the private sector. As part of its mission, Space Florida promotes aerospace economic development across Florida, and drives industry-related education and workforce development initiatives, expanded and upgraded spaceport operations, innovative research and development, and financing. If your future is in space, your next step is to contact Space Florida. For more information: www.spaceflorida.gov.