Technology prizes have an effective track record for creating innovation by:
- Establishing a goal without the necessity to predict which team or approach is most likely to succeed;
- Benefiting from novel technical and operational approaches without bearing high levels of risk;
- Reaching beyond the typical participants to draw in many new minds interested in focusing on new solutions to old problems
- Bringing to light new perspectives that spring from out-of-discipline participants;
- Dramatically increasing the cost-effectiveness of airship development and maximizing research resources
- Paying only for demonstrated success
Many history changing events have been created by prizes. In 1714, the Longitude Prize stimulated the development of the first practical navigational method to determine a ship’s longitude. In 1927, the Orteig Prize inspired Charles Lindbergh to fly from New York to Paris nonstop with the subsequent expansion of interest in air travel among the general public. Today's XPrize has made commercial space developments possible and practical. The World Sky Race Teams
will be competing not just for the cash purse, but also for the prestige, publicity, and intrinsic satisfaction of directly solving an important issue of climate change. Prizes create the incentives for investment and thus leverage the impact of the prize purse. With a focus on targeted results-based competition that is open to multiple approaches, prizes empower new, untapped talent to deliver unexpected solutions to tough problems.
The present path of aviation is not sustainable. It disrupts, degrades and ultimately destroys our protective atmosphere. The Inaugural World Sky Race Prize
starts with the successful lighter-than-air aviation engineering proofs developed and deployed in the 1920s and 1930s. The physics of lighter-than-air are simple. Buoyancy, not energy, is used for lift and staying the air. By simply floating through the air, the reduced carbon footprint and fuel savings is phenomenal, more than 75% and proven. The Inaugural World Sky Race Prize
will modernize and make safer that which was successfully accomplished a century ago. Back to the future, the Inaugural World Sky Race Prize
is about creating an alternative path based on technology, economics, efficiency and sustainability.
Above and Beyond the reduced carbon footprint, the Inaugural World Sky Race Prize
will set in motion the disruptive greening of the global transportation grid by reducing future needs for roads, railroads, harbors and runways. Globally, this will eliminate the needs not for just the last mile of roads, but rather will eliminate the need for the last 1,000 miles of roads. Every government in the world having to budget for infrastructure will be watching. Airship commerce will enable the third world to leapfrog and integrate into global commerce without destroying their lands and waterways and even their unique culture by reducing the construction of transportation infrastructure.
Inaugural World Sky Race Prize - Path to a Sustainable Future
No roads, No bridges, No dams, No trees cut, No harbors, No dredging, No rerouting waterways, No railroads, No pipelines, No spills, No right-of-ways, No runways, No wetlands removed, No excavations, No tundra destroyed, No eminent domain takings and costs, No construction costs, and No annual maintenance costs.
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done. - Amelia Earhart