As expected, the X Prize Foundation announced last week that the 2007 X Prize Cup will move to Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, NM, where it will merge with the air show held at the base on October 27-28. With free admission this year (because the event is being held on an Air Force base), they are expecting as many as 100,000 people to attend, up from the approximately 15,000 people who were at the 2006 event. That sounds like a huge increase, but one person who attended the 2005 air show at Holloman estimated an attendance of 75,000, so 100,000 is not as big a reach as one might think.
The key issue not addressed in the press release is what sort of “flavor” the event will have: will it be a space-oriented show, with some airshow-like events added on, as was the case with the 2005 and 2006 events (which had F-117 flybys and the like), or will they simply graft on the Lunar Lander Challenge and some static displays to an Air Force air show? We’ll have to see how this event comes together in the next several months.