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$10M Ansari X PRIZE celebrates 5th Anniversary

L-R: Burt Rutan, Gregg Maryniak, Paul Allen, Robert K. Weiss, Peter Diamandis, and Amir Ansari.
Today, October 4th, is the 5 year anniversary of the winning of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for spaceflight. The most important legacy and meaning of the Ansari X PRIZE on its 5 year anniversary lies in the fact that the event kicked off a new industry. In the same way that Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic in 1927 is seen as an inception point for today’s $300 Billion Aviation industry, we're extremely proud that the Ansari X PRIZE has created a new personal spaceflight industry. Not only did these historic flights culminate in a beautiful exhibition in the Smithsonian, at the entrance to the National Air & Space Museum, but much more profoundly, the winning flights by SpaceShipOne kicked off the personal spaceflight industry which has had over $1 Billion invested in it during the past 5-years. Read more here.