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posted by n1 on Tuesday April 29 2014, @06:51AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the global-brain-drain dept.

One hardware hacker who documents their project on Hackaday will win a ride to space on his or her choice of space company. The alternative is a just short of $200,000USD cash prize.

The winner can hitch a ride on any galactic space company, including Virgin Galactic or SpaceX. Other prizes include team sky diving, a paid trip to the Akihabara electronics district in Japan, and hardware hacking tools such as milling and tooling machines and 3D printers.

"We launched The Hackaday Prize because we want to see the next evolution of hardware happen right now, and we want it to be open," said Mike Szczys, managing editor of Hackaday.com.

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  • (Score: 2) by mendax on Tuesday April 29 2014, @07:13AM

    by mendax (2840) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @07:13AM (#37547)

    Bucks [wikipedia.org] or Buck Rogers [wikipedia.org]. I'll take the cash.

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    • (Score: 2) by Angry Jesus on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:24PM

      by Angry Jesus (182) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:24PM (#37631)

      > Bucks or Buck Rogers. I'll take the cash.

      If they aren't including the income tax, which is roughly ~$70K, the cash is the only choice most people would be able to afford.

  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Tuesday April 29 2014, @07:38AM

    by kaszz (4211) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @07:38AM (#37550) Journal

    If I document my own manned rocket project. Do I get to spin the earthlings twice then? ;-)

  • (Score: 1) by coolgopher on Tuesday April 29 2014, @09:14AM

    by coolgopher (1157) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 29 2014, @09:14AM (#37571)

    I would be sooooo torn if I had to pick between space and $200k. I mean... SPACE! But, money, so useful...

    (Un)Luckily for me I doubt I'll ever have to make that choice though.

    • (Score: 2) by WizardFusion on Tuesday April 29 2014, @11:00AM

      by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 29 2014, @11:00AM (#37589) Journal

      Get money,
      Invest money,
      ???,
      Profit,
      Go to space on profit.

    • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:44PM

      by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:44PM (#37640) Journal
      As the other poster said - invest. Space travel (well, near-Earth) is dropping in price as companies ramp up commercial tourist trips. Give it another 10-15 years and it will be a lot cheaper. Meanwhile, the money, well-invested, will be worth more. Buy yourself a house (or half a house) with it, and you can save up a lot in that time just by not paying rent.
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  • (Score: 1) by yellowantphil on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:44PM

    by yellowantphil (2125) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @01:44PM (#37641) Homepage

    The winner can hitch a ride on any galactic space company, including Virgin Galactic or SpaceX.

    A "galactic" space company? What does that mean? Any space company that only travels within the galaxy?

    (The quote is from the article, so I am not complaining about the editors here.)

    • (Score: 2) by Foobar Bazbot on Tuesday April 29 2014, @07:32PM

      by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Tuesday April 29 2014, @07:32PM (#37805) Journal

      Close.

      Rather than dialing back the decadent space-lifestyles of Milky Way space-workers whose space-unions have strong-armed management into agreeing to unsustainable space-wages that keep us from being competitive with the rest of the local group, we're just going to pretend Andromedan spaceships are all inferior rubbish -- permitting the space-winner to ride in a foreign spaceship would be unspacepatriotic! Spaceprotectionism at its spaceworst!

  • (Score: 2) by tibman on Tuesday April 29 2014, @02:23PM

    by tibman (134) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 29 2014, @02:23PM (#37667)

    Hackaday has been hinting about this for a while now. They would put clues up that apparently you could solve? There was a countdown timer too. I hope that people actually submit some cool projects. There are quite a lot of projects already up that probably shouldn't earn a trip to space, no offense to anyone!

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