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2004-Oct-01, 06:34 PM
SUMMARY: X Prize officials have confirmed that Pilot Mike Melvill took Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne to an altitude of 102, 870 metres (337,500 feet) on Wednesday. With this first flight qualified, they'll do their second flight on the morning Monday, October 4. SpaceShipOne and its carrier aircraft will take off at 1400 UTC (7:00am PDT) and ignite its rocket about an hour later. If everything goes well, the spacecraft will reach an altitude of 100 km (62.5 miles) carrying an extra 180 kg (400 pounds) - the equivalent of two passengers.

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John L
2004-Oct-01, 06:37 PM
So Monday Burt Rutan and Paul Allen will win the $10million Ansari X Prize, and already Bigelow Aerospace has announced a $50million prize for the first private orbital passenger craft capable of docking with an orbiting facility. Bigelow is designing inflatable habitat modules and it sounds like they're looking for the taxi to take you to their future orbiting hotel. I'm sure Bransen and Virgin will be in on this one, too, since he's already bought into the SpaceShipOne system for his Virgin Galactic Spacelines.

Keith Nealy
2004-Oct-02, 12:20 AM
So have they sorted out the roll problems, or are just going ahead regardless?

2004-Oct-04, 03:51 PM
I just heard they succeeded! Even surpassing the X-15 altitude records (although I expect the X-15 was as sturdy as a battleship in comparison). This is great news that I hope NASA is taking careful notes on.

2004-Oct-04, 03:58 PM
I watched some of it live. It was pretty inspiring, though brief.
Now that the prize has been won, I wonder what will drive these experiments further.