Mirror Image Internet, an adaptive network for online content, application, and transaction delivery, has announced that the X PRIZE Foundation has chosen Mirror Image to Webcast SpaceShipOne's first private space flight for the $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE. Mirror Image arrived on location to deliver the live Webcast directly from the Mojave Airport via www.xprize.org.
The ANSARI X PRIZE, a $10 million reward offered to jumpstart the space tourism industry through competition among entrepreneurs and rocket experts, will be awarded to the first team that privately finances and builds a spaceship that launches three people 62.5 miles high and returns safely to Earth. The same ship will also be required to successfully repeat a second flight within two weeks. From its on-site airport location, Mirror Image will provide live encoding and signal transmission services back to its global Windows Media 9 Certified network for online delivery to the world.
The X PRIZE Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The Foundation's ANSARI X PRIZE Competition is supported by its Title Sponsor, the Ansari family, and Presenting Sponsor, Champ Car World Series. The Foundation is also supported by private donations from the St. Louis Community through an organization called the New Spirit of St. Louis Organization. The Foundation's mission is to educate the public about space travel, create educational programming for students and space enthusiasts, and provide incentives in the private sector to make space travel frequent and affordable for the general public. Several additional sponsorships for the ANSARI X PRIZE competition remain available to corporations or individuals who wish to support the contest.