The Cheap Access To Space (CATS) Prize
The CATS Prize ended on November 8, 2000
The purpose of the CATS prize was the purchase of a launch service for a 2 kilogram (4.41 pounds) payload to be carried to altitudes as specified within the rules. The launch service must be a dedicated mission to carry the CATS prize payload, flown aboard a vehicle that is substantially privately designed, developed and built. The following prizes were slated be awarded to competitors who carried the specified payload while meeting the terms of the CATS Prize rules:
- First competitor to attain the altitude of not less than 120 kilometers – $50,000.00
- First competitor to attain the specified altitude of not less than 200 kilometers – $250,000.00.
- In the event that a single launch meets both altitude goals, a single prize of $250,000.00 shall be awarded.
Although no company was able to achieve the objective within the allotted time, their efforts added to the advancement of private space enterprise.
Listing of Competitors
Contact: John Powell
Location: Davis, California
Telephone: 530 757-1808
Fax: 530 757-1808
E-mail: jpowell at jpaerospace.com
Web site: http://www.jpaerospace.com
Highest altitude achieved to date: 130,000 feet (on 7/20/97).
CATS Prize Scheduled Launch date: October 7, 2000
High Altitude Research Corporation (HARC)
Contact: Greg Allison
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
E-mail: harcspace at aol.com
Web site: www.harcspace.com
Highest altitude reached to date: Many of the HARC personnel were instrumental in the launch of the HALO SL-1 rockoon mission which reached approximately 36 nautical miles on 11 May 1997 over the Atlantic Ocean.
CATS Prize Scheduled Launch date: October 14, 2000
TRANS LUNAR RESEARCH
Pacific Rocket Society
Contact: Randa Milliron
Location: Mojave, California
E-mail: Cyberplex at aol.com
Web site: http://www.interorbital.com
“Two preliminary launches of the RS-1, the upper stage of our CATS Prize entry, are scheduled with the actual space launch attempt by the two-stage RS-2 taking place shortly thereafter.”
Highest Altitude reached to date: n/a
Civilian Space Exploration Team
Division of Orbital Expressways
Contact: Ky Michaelson
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
E-mail: kytec at spacestar.com
Web site: www.the-rocketman.com/CSXT_info.html
Highest altitude achieved to date: 77,800 feet. Holder of 72 state, national and international speed records with rocket powered vehicles.
Danish Space Challenge
Contact: Jeppe Locht
Location: Cobenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: +45 21691650
E-mail: spacechallenge at mainstage.dk
Web site: www.mainstage.dk/spacechallenge
Highest altitude achieved to date: 4500 feet
CATS Prize Scheduled Launch date: October 23, 2000