Well well, here we are, on the cusp of a new decade. When we reach certain markers in time such as this, it is nearly impossible not to reflect at least a little on how far we've come in just 10 years. For example, I realized today that 10 years ago I had never heard of the X PRIZE Foundation. For me, the year 2000 was about Napster and NASA and my new Nokia (monochromatic) cell phone. Strange times, those.
On Twitter today, people have been using the hashtag #in10years to make predictions about what life will be like 10 years from now. With speculation abound, it is admittedly pretty fun to think about where we might be by the time the 20's roll around. From a space perspective, I can't wait to see how the commercial space industry develops in the next decade. How much will a ticket to space cost? Will rapid point-to-point transportation become a reality? How many commercially-owned robots will be on the Moon? I personally believe that the next decade will be the most exciting and revolutionary 10 years that space exploration has seen since the days of Apollo.
But as the saying goes, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" (Alan Kay). On that note, I would like to point out a few events that will happen in 2010, related to X PRIZE:
- Registration for the Google Lunar X PRIZE will close, and there will be a final list of teams at the end of 2010.
- The Google Lunar X PRIZE Master Team Agreement (official competition rules) will be finalized, signed by teams, and released to the public.
- Launch of the Google Lunar X PRIZE Moonbots student competition will take place
- Progressive Automotive X PRIZE will begin performance testing in the Spring of 2010, and announce winners of the Prize in September 2010.
- Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (VSS Enterprise) will begin test flights