The Wirefly X Prize Cup is an outdoor space exposition hosting several competitions for some major prizes (including over $2.5 Million from NASA) for space related technology. The event is being held on October 20-21, 2006 (see here for details) at the Las Cruces Airport in New Mexico. It will be a great educational event with rocket launches, NASA exhibits, jets, and more. With some help from Google – a sponsor of the event – we have put together a 3D model of the airport and the X Prize Cup event including examples of exhibits, stage, and even the large TV projection screen.
This 3D collection uses photo textures for realism which requires Google Earth Version 4 (beta). Download the new version here if you don’t already have it. Open the X PRIZE Cup in 3D file and then select the “Tour” folder on the left. Choose “Tools -> Play Tour” from the menu (or select the tv-remote-like triangular play button below the Places pane) to start a flying tour of the exposition. If you open the models folder you can turn on a X Racer rocket plane sitting next to the stage. Here is the X PRIZE Cup page for the 3D model. Alternatively, you can watch a Google video showing the X PRIZE Cup in 3D content. You can imagine what this event will be like with 20,000 or so people, NASA exhibits, rockets being launched, jets flown by astronauts going by, model rockets launched by school kids, and much more. If you can get to Las Cruces by October 20 or 21, I highly recommend it.
By the way, I have another interesting 3D space model for GE coming tomorrow, and there will be more content for the XPC event being shown in Google Earth during the event itself. So, watch this blog or the X PRIZE Cup web site for more information.
- Aerial Photo – Taken at 3:15 PM – October 20, 2006 of the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup from an airplane flying overhead. This is the first time an aerial photo was taken, processed, and published on Google Earth on the same day. NOTE: Make sure you are using Google Earth 4.