The Cheap Access To Space (CATS) Prize

The CATS Prize ended on November 8, 2000

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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

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JP Aerospace

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

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High Altitude Research Corporation (HARC)

Contact: Greg Allison

Location: Huntsville, Alabama

Telephone: 256-859-5538

Fax: n/a

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

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INTERORBITAL SYSTEMS

TRANS LUNAR RESEARCH

Pacific Rocket Society

Contact: Randa Milliron

Location: Mojave, California

Phone: 661-824-1662

Fax: 323-463-6529

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

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Civilian Space Exploration Team

Division of Orbital Expressways

Contact: Ky Michaelson

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

Telephone: 612-884-5870

Fax: 612-884-3424

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.

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Danish Space Challenge

Contact: Jeppe Locht

Location: Cobenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: +45 21691650

Fax: none

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