It's been a long road for the on-again, off-again Rocket Racing
League, but recent developments suggest that real live races may,
in fact, be in our future. XPrize Founder Peter Diamandis updated
ANN a few weeks back while celebrated the fifth anniversary of the
awarding of the Ansari XPrize.
Peter suggests that 2010 could be the year is which we see more
than one racer in the air and possibly in exhibition races, while
real live races may be but another year away. Last summer, RRL
announced the closing of a $5.5 million dollar financing round,
which was expected to ensure the next phase of development of the
league. It also announced the appointment of a new President &
CEO and the commencement of manufacturing activities for its next
generation Rocket Racer.
To be held at venues across the country, the Rocket Racing
League will feature multiple races pitting up to 10 Rocket Racers
going head to head in a 4-lap, multiple elimination heat format on
a 5-mile "Formula One"-like closed circuit raceway in the sky. The
Rocket Racer pilots see the "raceway in the sky" via in-panel and
3D helmet displays.
For the hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance, they will
witness the racing action live and in real-time display on multiple
large projection screens. For the millions of fans watching on
televisions and PCs at home, they will experience the thrill of the
Rocket Racing League via unique remote and rocket-mounted cameras
that give at-home fans the sensation of riding right alongside
famed League pilots.