Masten Space Systems Announces X PRIZE CUP Sponsorship


Masten Space Systems Announces X PRIZE CUP Sponsorship

Santa Clara, California – 8/26/05 Masten Space Systems announced today that it has become an Official Partner of the 2005 Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP, which will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico from October 6th through the 9th.

“We share the X PRIZE CUP’s vision of making space a place that people can expect to travel to in their lifetime”, said David Masten, CEO of Masten Space Systems. “We are helping realize that vision by building extremely affordable suborbital launch services. We’re putting the cost of microgravity research into the ‘bake sale’ range.”

The X PRIZE CUP is an annual event in the spirit of the largest action-packed spectator events such as Grand Prix Racing and The America’s Cup. This year’s Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP is the ultimate venue for the entire family to watch and learn about the next generation of vehicles that will take the rest of us to space. The X PRIZE CUP will be held October 6th – 9th in Las Cruces and Alamogordo, New Mexico. Tens of thousands of people will come to see racing taken to new heights as industry leaders conduct test-flights, engine firings, aircraft fly-ins and much more.

While at the X PRIZE CUP event, Masten Space Systems will display its new engines, discuss test results, and provide flight profile details. Interested customers are encouraged to stop by the Masten Space Systems tent to discuss mission profiles and fundraising options.

*About Masten Space Systems, Inc*
Masten Space Systems is a Santa Clara, CA based aerospace company developing the XA (eXtreme Altitude) line of Vertical Takeoff/Vertical Landing (VTVL) suborbital and orbital launch vehicles. The company will begin flying customer missions in the spring of 2007 that will deliver a 100 kilogram payload to at least 100 kilometers for approximately USD $25,000. For more information on the company see

*About the X PRIZE CUP*
The X PRIZE CUP is an official partnership between the state of New Mexico and the X PRIZE Foundation, an educational non-profit prize institute. The events begin this October with the Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP at Las Cruces International Airport and Alamogordo Space History Museum in Southern New Mexico. Full details can be found at

Media Contact: Michael Mealling
Masten Space Systems, Inc.


Media links:
Space Race News
New Mexico Business Weekly
XPRIZE CUP Press Release (includes a quote from New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans)