Behind the X Prize

The Teams: Unsuccessful Flights

Space Transport Corporation

Forks, Washington

Vehicle: Rubicon, a 22-foot (~6.7 meter), 7-engine rocket launched from a movable platform

Team Leaders: Phillip Storm and Eric Meier (co-founders)

Web Site:

See MSNBC: Space-race rocket blows up.

Armadillo Aerospace

Mesquite, Texas

Vehicle: Black Armadillo, a 24-foot (~7-meter) rocket launched vertically from the ground

Team Leader: John Carmack, creator of the popular first-person shooter video games Wolfenstein 3D (1992), DOOM (1993) and Quake (1996)

Web Site:

See Armadillo Aerospace’s X Prize Prototype Crashes.