The Aero-News Network (ANN), the Aviation World's DAILY News
has been selected by the X PRIZE Foundation to serve as their
designated news service in order to provide specialized news and
news pool services for the upcoming activities of the X PRIZE CUP,
October 19th-22nd, 2006, in Southern New Mexico.
The Countdown to the X PRIZE CUP is the inaugural event of the X
PRIZE CUP competitions, an annual event hosted by the X PRIZE
Foundation and Office of Economic Development of the State of New
Mexico. Led by Governor Bill Richardson, the X PRIZE CUP has become
the civilian aerospace industry's pivotal public event and a
showcase for the fledgling private space flight movement.
substantial credentials to this endeavor. ANN covered the intensive
air-to-air photographic effort that documented Astronaut Mike
Melvill's successful June 21st sub-orbital flight to just over
100km. This effort produced striking images and stories that were
seen by tens of millions of people all over the world. ANN staffers
also provided expert news resources to numerous media outlets of
Brian Binnie's winning ANSARI X PRIZE flight on October 4, 2004.
ANN staffers have also been extensively involved in documenting the
efforts of the Zero-G Corporation and a presence on dozens of
flights, experiencing hundreds of Zero-G parabolas. In October of
2005, ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell was named by X Prize
Founder Peter Diamandis as one of the four founding pilots of the
provocative Rocket Racing League program.
"Jim Campbell and Aero News Network (ANN) are proven
professionals and we are pleased that they will be our official
news pool service for the second year in row at the X PRIZE CUP.
This is a unique event that will transform how the world looks at
spaceflight and act as a major incentive for the development of the
personal spaceflight industry."
Staffed by a solid group of aviation journalists, aviators,
photographers and test pilots, ANN is uniquely qualified to render
expert aviation and aerospace news services to the world on behalf
of the X PRIZE Foundation. ANN will be supplying photos, daily
progress reports, specialized interviews, editorial, and audio to
news services around the globe and will be supplying a full-time
FTP site with extensive high-resolution photos, on-site news
stories and mp3 audio.
ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell noted that, "We're thrilled to
have another ring-side seat to history, and look forward to helping
the world see and understand that private access to space is a part
of all our futures."
News organizations in need of pool photography, audio, and news
materials are instructed to contact the Aero-News Network at
800-356-7767 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
to work out all special requirements well in advance of the week's
A complete listing of the events from Thursday, October 19th
through Sunday, October 22nd can be found at the X PRIZE Foundation
X PRIZE CUP website.