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Chip
2004-May-14, 05:39 AM
Test flight of Spaceship One (http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/05/13/private.space.ship/index.html) successful. Set 40 mile civilian altitude record.

AZgazer
2004-May-14, 06:59 AM
I could only hope that a trip, if even for only 15 minutes to space will be "reasonably" affordable within my life time. I would forgo vacations for a few years to make that happen. :)

A 10m prize indicates to me that if they can make this work, the price shouldn't be one of those things that "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."

StarMan
2004-May-14, 11:28 AM
=D>
Scales seems to be really close.

Is there any other team about to launch?

Swift
2004-May-14, 01:59 PM
8) =D>
Where can I buy my tickets? \:D/

skrap1r0n
2004-May-14, 02:05 PM
all I can say is w00t!!! Go for it!!!

ToSeek
2004-May-14, 03:08 PM
Spacedaily article (http://www.spacedaily.com/news/xprize-04d.html) (with cool photo).

Chip
2004-May-14, 07:13 PM
Spacedaily article (http://www.spacedaily.com/news/xprize-04d.html) (with cool photo).

Enlargement of the really cool photo (http://spacedaily.com/images/ss1-moon-wk-desk-1024.jpg)! :o

ToSeek
2004-May-20, 05:45 PM
All systems go in race to reach final frontier (http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=572282004)

ToSeek
2004-Jun-02, 04:04 PM
For real: June 21 (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=14315)


A privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June 21 on a mission to become the world's first commercial manned space vehicle. Investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and aviation legend Burt Rutan have teamed to create the program, which will attempt the first non-governmental flight to leave the earth's atmosphere.

ToSeek
2004-Jun-08, 03:37 PM
Space Race II: Not NASA's Space Program (http://www.spacedaily.com/news/xprize-04f.html)


The faithful, the curious, and of course the news media will gather on June 21 to witness the start of a new era in human spaceflight. They will not travel to Cape Canaveral, where all other human U.S. expeditions to space have set sail. They will not be visiting the Russian launch site, either, which until China's foray into space last year was the only other place on Earth from which living beings have left the planet.

The birthplace of this 21st century space race is California's Mojave Desert....

Chip
2004-Sep-30, 07:07 PM
One more flight to go! CNN Story (http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/09/29/spaceshipone.attempt.cnn/index.html)

tofu
2004-Sep-30, 08:56 PM
I wonder if they will make additional flights beyond the ones necessary to win the X-Prize. It'd be sad if they won the prize and put SS1 in a museam or something and just forgot about it.

BTW, when I first saw the picture Chip linked to I thought, "huh, why is the moon phase wrong?" How long do you think it'll be before someone claims this is a hoax?

Doodler
2004-Sep-30, 09:36 PM
I wonder if they will make additional flights beyond the ones necessary to win the X-Prize. It'd be sad if they won the prize and put SS1 in a museam or something and just forgot about it.


Don't believe that for a second. This time up, SpaceShipOne was wearing the Virgin Galactic logo. This is far from over.

Chip
2004-Oct-01, 05:53 AM
Don't believe that for a second. This time up, SpaceShipOne was wearing the Virgin Galactic logo. This is far from over.

I have a suspicion that Burt and Dick Rutan will be enlarging their staff and begin working on further designs for accommodating more passengers, if they haven't already. Time will tell.

StarMan
2004-Oct-01, 07:53 AM
I read something abaout a new price, 50 M$ for putting 7 astronauts in orbit before the end of this decade.

Anybody got more on this?

kg034
2004-Oct-01, 08:48 AM
I read something abaout a new price, 50 M$ for putting 7 astronauts in orbit before the end of this decade.

Anybody got more on this?
Its been already ToSeeked: here (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=16575&view=next) and
here (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=16586&view=previous)