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Fraser
2004-May-14, 05:09 PM
SUMMARY: The privately built SpaceShipOne completed another powered flight test on Thursday, this time achieving an altitude of 65 km. Built by Scaled Composites, and backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, SpaceShipOne is considered to be the top contender to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize which will be awarded to the first private reusable rocket capable of reaching an altitude of 100 km. Allen hinted that the space plane will begin attempts to win the prize next month.

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Tiny
2004-May-14, 05:16 PM
65 km? Is that a normal speed for an flights?

antoniseb
2004-May-14, 05:21 PM
Originally posted by Tiny@May 14 2004, 05:16 PM
65 km? Is that a normal speed for an flights?
The 65 Kilometers was altitude, not velocity. Most intercontental commercial flights go at about 40,000 feet up. This was 212,000 feet up.

John
2004-May-14, 06:34 PM
My guess is that they'll do one to 100km solo, just the pilot, and when they've proved the ship will survive then they'll do the three man qualifying flights.

I have a question. What's in it for Paul Allen? He doesn't need the $10million prize since he's already a billionaire. Is he getting his own Spaceship1 out of the deal? I guess its good to be the King, or Gates would be King, so maybe just an ArchDuke.

Tiny
2004-May-15, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by antoniseb+May 14 2004, 05:21 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (antoniseb @ May 14 2004, 05:21 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Tiny@May 14 2004, 05:16 PM
65 km? Is that a normal speed for an flights?
The 65 Kilometers was altitude, not velocity. Most intercontental commercial flights go at about 40,000 feet up. This was 212,000 feet up. [/b][/quote]
:huh: Does that mean they are flight above the.... forget what kinda sphere is that call ><

Greg
2004-May-15, 04:37 AM
What is in it for Paul Allen is prestige. He is a passionate, private benefactor and advocate of technological enterprises. A one-man Venture capatialist organization.
Without his investment the SS1 project probably would not have gotten off the ground. KUdos to him, somebody using his insane wealth for worthy causes.

zephyr46
2004-May-17, 12:35 AM
Go you good thing &#33;&#33;&#33; B)

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