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    SUMMARY: Texas-based Armadillo Aerospace successfully performed a helicopter drop test on a component of their spacecraft on Sunday. Armadillo is just one of the teams competing for the X-Prize, which will pay $10 million to the first private space ship capable of lifting three people to an altitude of 100km. The company is led by John Carmack, who's better known as the founder of id software - creators of the popular video games Doom and Quake.

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    The X-Prize was IMVHO along the right lines, but not correctly structured to provide any long term benefits to the space program, I fear it allowed itself to be geared too much towards short-term opportunism, although, at the end of the day, anything that encourages participation and interest in space has probably got to be a good thing.

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    Has anyone considered a Y-Prize as a follow-up to the X?

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