Judges from 2006 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge to Return in 2007

Judges from 2006 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge to Return in 2007

 The six judges from last year’s challenge, with more than 200 years of space experience between them, will again be overseeing the competition. They will be deciding a winner of the competition and other elements of the $2 million prize. The judges, and some career highlights, are:

Ed Bock, Retiree and Consultant to Lockheed Martin; former VP of Atlas Program and Manager of Lunar Resource Utilization for Space Construction Study
• Responsible for 40 consecutive successful Atlas launches in five years
• Former Manager, NASA Lunar Resource Utilization for Space Construction Study, Shuttle/Centaur Program Office, and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Richard C. Dunne, Consultant to Northrop Grumman Corporation
• Former Public Affairs Officer for Grumman Corporation during the production of the Apollo Lunar Module
• Worked with American Airlines during transition into jet era

Bill Gaubatz, Co-founder and President, SpaceAvailable LLC
• Former Head of the DC-X rocketry program; Former Executive VP, XPRIZE Foundation
• Originated and managed development of the Delta Clipper reusable spaceplane system concept

John Herrington, VP of Rocketplane and Former Shuttle Astronaut
• In 2002, flew 14 days on Endeavour, the 16th Shuttle mission to the ISS
• Former Navy Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot

S. Pete Worden, Center Director for NASA’s Ames Research Center
• Brigadier General in the US Air Force; Former Director of Space Command
• Received NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for directing the 1994 Clementine lunar probe mission

Jeff Zweber, Chief Engineer, Future responsive Access to Space Technologies (FAST) Program at AFRL
• Former Chief Technologist, Affordable Responsive Spacelift (ARES) Scaled Demonstrator Program
• Former Pillar Coordinator, National Aerospace Initiative, Office of the Director, Defense, Research and Engineering

For a more detailed biography of the judges, please contact the XPRIZE Foundation.

To register for the 2007 Wirefly XPRIZE Cup, please email us with your name, organization, contact info and nationality, if not a U.S. citizen (Air Force requirements).

The Wirefly XPRIZE Cup is an annual two-day air and space exposition. This year the Cup will be held in conjunction with Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM to create the first ever Air & Space Expo with “live” fire / fly demonstrations and competitions. This event is free and open to the public and will be held on October 27th and 28th from 10am to 5pm. Launch and air show demonstrations will feature Rocket Racing League’s X-Racer, Air Force single-ship demos including F-22, F-16 and F-117, as well as the return of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge – a two-level, $2 million competition requiring a vehicle to simulate trips between the moon’s surface and lunar orbit. Nine teams are registered for this year’s competition, with NASA funding the prizes through its Centennial Challenges program. Additionally, visitors can tour a massive ground display featuring space and rocket exhibits and Air Force aircraft. 

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