SOURCE: X PRIZE Foundation

October 11, 2007 07:00 ET

Judges From 2006 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge to Return in 2007

October 26-28, Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - The six judges from last year's challenge, with more than 200 years of space experience between them, will again be overseeing the competition. They will be deciding a winner of the competition and other elements of the $2 million prize. The judges, and some career highlights, are:

Ed Bock, Retiree and Consultant to Lockheed Martin; former VP of Atlas Program and Manager of Lunar Resource Utilization for Space Construction Study

--  Responsible for 40 consecutive successful Atlas launches in five years
--  Former Manager, NASA Lunar Resource Utilization for Space Construction
    Study, Shuttle/Centaur Program Office, and the Tomahawk Cruise Missile
    

Richard C. Dunne, Consultant to Northrop Grumman Corporation

--  Former Public Affairs Officer for Grumman Corporation during the
    production of the Apollo Lunar Module
--  Worked with American Airlines during transition into jet era
    

Bill Gaubatz, Co-founder and President, SpaceAvailable LLC

--  Former Head of the DC-X rocketry program; Former Executive VP, X PRIZE
    Foundation
--  Originated and managed development of the Delta Clipper reusable
    spaceplane system concept
    

John Herrington, VP of Rocketplane and Former Shuttle Astronaut

--  In 2002, flew 14 days on Endeavour, the 16th Shuttle mission to the
    ISS
--  Former Navy Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Patrol
    Plane Instructor Pilot
    

S. Pete Worden, Center Director for NASA's Ames Research Center

--  Brigadier General in the US Air Force; Former Director of Space
    Command
--  Received NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for directing the 1994
    Clementine lunar probe mission
    

Jeff Zweber, Air Force Research Lab's Space Vehicles Directorate

--  Former Chief Technologist for the Haley's Scaled Demonstrator Program
--  Former Area Coordinator, National Aerospace Initiative Office of the
    Director for Defense, Research and Engineering
    

For a more detailed biography of the judges, please contact the X PRIZE Foundation.

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