The Carmack Prize

John Carmack (Creator of oh, Doom and Quake) threw down a gauntlet on the Arocket list the other day. The purse has since been raised to $10,000. Here is the skinny:

I’ll open this up to everyone — $5k for the next ground launched rocket flight above 100,000’ with GPS log and successful recovery. It isn’t much of a prize, so think of it as if I am sponsoring the nice public report on the flight.

We can have a bit of a discussion about details, then I will officially announce the start. I think the general rules would be:

Publicly register the effort on aRocket with some reasonable description of the vehicle at least 30 days before the first attempt.

Announce the location and dates of the launch attempts, so we all get to share the anticipation and drama.

To win, you need a GPS serial log of the flight with at least one report above 100,000’. You don’t need an unrestricted GPS, it is ok to lose data during the high speed portions of the flight.

The vehicle must be recovered essentially intact, within 24 hours of the launch. I’m not going to quibble over a broken fin, but if the main recovery system didn’t work and it is smashed up, it doesn’t count. Encouraging more effort here would be a major goal.

A report on the vehicle and operations suitable for publishing in a magazine must be made publicly available. Something like Bill Claybaugh’s flight report at http://www.rrs.org/main.1.0/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80&Itemid=93 . You still own the copyright on the report, and you would be free to actually have it published in a magazine if you want, it just needs to be available on the web for posterity.

Armadillo flights don’t count, but if Masten is willing to write up a sufficiently detailed public report, they can claim it.

This entry was posted by Clivefx on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 12:07 am and is filed under Events. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response below, or trackback from your own site.

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  1. October 9th, 2011

    @ 2:38 pm

    [...] entre otras maravillas (por cierto, la semana que viene publicaremos una Microhistoria sobre él), desafió a los amantes de los cohetes a lanzar uno a más de 100.000 pies de altura, con una recompensa de [...]

  2. October 10th, 2011

    @ 3:41 am

    [...] launch was an attempt at winning the Carmack Prize. So did they win? Unfortunately, no. At least not yet. The Carmack Prize requires GPS data over [...]

  3. October 10th, 2011

    @ 4:57 am

    [...] Derek Deville, el pasado 30 de septiembre se realizó una prueba en el desierto de Nevada para el Carmack Prize, el diseño de Derek alcanzó los 36 mil 300 metros de altura, y fue recuperado a 4.5 kilómetros [...]

  4. October 10th, 2011

    @ 5:01 am

    [...] launch was an attempt at winning the Carmack Prize. So did they win? Unfortunately, no. At least not yet. The Carmack Prize requires GPS data over [...]

  5. October 10th, 2011

    @ 6:11 am

    NASA Who? posted:

    [...] March 2nd of 2011, Carmack decided to sponsor a public race…a documented unmanned journey into space. The prize of $10,000 was modest, but hey, lets be [...]

  6. October 10th, 2011

    @ 8:06 am

    [...] amateur rocket-launching circles, there’s a bounty called “The Carmack Prize“. It’s named for id boss, Doom co-creator and budding rocket scientist John Carmack, [...]

  7. October 10th, 2011

    @ 9:23 am

    [...] cohetes amateur al espacio hay un premio patrocinado por el mismísimo creador de Doom y Quake que ofrece la friolera de 10.000 $ a aquel que consiga poner un cobete en órbita a 100.000 pies sobre nuestras cabezas (30 [...]

  8. October 10th, 2011

    @ 10:09 am

    [...] amateur rocket-launching circles, there’s a bounty called“The Carmack Prize“. It’s named for id boss,Doomco-creator and budding rocket scientist John Carmack, and [...]

  9. October 10th, 2011

    @ 2:01 pm

    [...] response to the Carmack Prize to launch an amateur rocket above 100,000 feet, [Derek Deville] and the rest of the Qu8k team [...]

  10. October 10th, 2011

    @ 2:28 pm

    [...] response to the Carmack Prize to launch an amateur rocket above 100,000 feet, [Derek Deville] and the rest of the Qu8k team [...]

  11. October 10th, 2011

    @ 2:29 pm

    [...] όσους έχουν την… τρέλα των εκτοξεύσεων το βραβείο «The Carmack Prize» είναι από τα πλέον [...]

  12. October 10th, 2011

    @ 3:46 pm

    [...] launch, which took place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, was an attempt at the Carmack Prize, a $10,000 award established by Doom and Quake creator John Carmack for a “ground launched [...]

  13. October 10th, 2011

    @ 7:27 pm

    Doug posted:

    hmm .. Didn’t Ky “Rocketman” Michaelson do this back in 2004 already ?

  14. October 10th, 2011

    @ 8:39 pm

    [...] année est organisé aux États-Unis le Carmack Prize. Il s’agit d’un concours qui consiste envoyer une fusée amateur à plus de 3km en [...]

  15. October 11th, 2011

    @ 4:19 am

    [...] response to the Carmack Prize to launch an amateur rocket above 100,000 feet, [Derek Deville] and the rest of the Qu8k team [...]

  16. October 11th, 2011

    @ 6:34 pm

    [...] footage you are watching was captured during a Carmack Prize attempt by team Qu8k. (More footage is available at the end of the post.) While the simple fact [...]

  17. October 12th, 2011

    @ 12:05 am

    [...] are much, much cooler. A man named Derek Deville created a homemade rocket in an effort to win The Carmack Prize, which offers $10K to anyone who can launch a rocket to above 100K feet, take a GPS reading, and [...]

  18. October 12th, 2011

    @ 1:03 pm

    [...] Le projet Qu8k consistait a envoyer une fusée dépassant les 30 kilomètres d’altitude, afin de remporter le prix Carmack. [...]

  19. October 12th, 2011

    @ 5:03 pm

    [...] Deville foi quem desenvolveu o foguete na tentativa de ganhar o Prêmio Carmack, mas, infelizmente, não obteve êxito por problemas de cálculo de atitude do [...]

  20. October 12th, 2011

    @ 9:25 pm

    [...] launch was an attempt at the Carmack Prize, a challenge by John Carmack (creator of Doom and Quake and founder of Armadillo Aerospace) to [...]

  21. October 12th, 2011

    @ 11:50 pm

    [...] launch was an attempt at the Carmack Prize, a challenge by John Carmack (creator of Doom and Quake and founder of Armadillo Aerospace) to [...]

  22. October 14th, 2011

    @ 1:17 am

    [...] in this case, was to fly and document via GPS a flight over 100,000 feet in order to win the Carmack Prize.  They were apparently unable to confirm the altitude but I sincerely hope they are able to [...]

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