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The Cheap Access To Space (CATS) Prize
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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.
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Listing of Competitors
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

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

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  

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.

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

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