View Full Version : SpaceShipOne Goes Supersonic

2005-Sep-09, 04:33 AM
SUMMARY: Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne achieved an important milestone this week when it broke the sound barrier on a test flight. The suborbital prototype was carried to 14,600 metres by the White Knight carrier plane, and then released. It fired up its hybrid rocket engine and flew up to an altitude of 20,700 metres, breaking the sound barrier in the process. There was a slight problem with the plane's landing gear, which caused some minor damage on its landing; it's going to be easily repaired and there were no injuries. SpaceShipOne is considered the frontrunner to win the $10 million X-Prize.

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