In 1995, the brand new X Prize Foundation moved to St. Louis from its base in Maryland based on a promise by Doug King, president of St. Louis Science Center, to help raise $2.5 million for the $10 million suborbital space prize. In addition to revenue, there was the added connection to Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis, who won a prize that inspired the space effort.
The partnership wouldn’t last. Like the St. Louis Cardinals football team before it, the foundation would decamp to a new location that promised sunnier skies and more income potential: Santa Monica. Next to Beverly. Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars. Huffington.
This week, the X Prize will make a brief return to St. Louis to mark the fifth anniversary of SpaceShipOne’s prize-winning flight. The foundation is hosting a reception at the St. Louis Science Center for “initial supporters and visionaries who made the X PRIZE a reality.”
Participants will include: Dr. Peter Diamandis, CEO and Chairman, X PRIZE Foundation; Ahousheh Ansari, title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE; Brian Binnie, the astronaut who piloted SpaceShipOneâ€™s winning flight ; and X PRIZE Board Member, Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh.
WHEN: Sunday, October 11, 2009 from 3:00 pm â€“ 7:00 pm
WHERE: St. Louis Science Center â€“ Mission Control Room
5050 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110