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SpaceShipOne Articles update

Published by spacecowboy on Fri Jun 18, 2004 11:49 am
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nynewsday.com: ‘X’ marks the spot for private rocket contestA stubby rocket plane, fueled by rubber and laughing gas, is to be launched Monday in an attempt to send a human to suborbital space for the first time in a privately funded vehicle.
The trip would provide the pilot a brief period of weightlessness, about three to four minutes, as the craft climbs about three times the speed of sound toward an altitude of 62 miles.
While a far cry from the more demanding challenge of sending a craft into orbit around the Earth, the upcoming flight is being touted as a first step toward creating a new space tourism industry.

wired.com: Regular Folks to Kiss the Sky
Something big is supposed to happen in the sky above the California desert town of Mojave early Monday. Just after dawn, a spindly white jet plane is scheduled to ascend from an airstrip with a rocket ship slung beneath it. The pair, resembling a dragonfly mating with a winged bratwurst, will climb to an altitude of nearly 10 miles.
After that, history: The jet, dubbed White Knight by creator Burt Rutan, will release the craft, called SpaceShipOne. The ship’s pilot will ignite its engine for an 80-second burn designed to boost the craft to three times the speed of sound. Then, SpaceShipOne is expected to soar to 100 kilometers (about 62 miles) above the Earth’s surface and pop across the threshold of space before gliding back to Mojave.

gazettetimes.com: First private, returnable spaceflight expected next week
Early next week, if all goes well, America’s long quest for dominance in space will reach a new milestone high above the Mojave Desert in California.
The proceeds from a mighty software fortune will launch the first commercial astronaut into space.
SpaceShipOne, a rocket plane developed by aircraft designer Burt Rutan and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will burn a trajectory 62 miles high, well beyond the atmospheric boundaries of Earth. Its astronaut will become the first to reach space without the benefit of NASA, Houston mission control, or a penny of government support.

zwire.com: Early next week, if all goes well, America’s long quest for dominance in space will reach a new milestone high above the Mojave Desert in California.
The proceeds from a mighty software fortune will launch the first commercial astronaut into space.
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SpaceShipOne, a rocket plane developed by aircraft designer Burt Rutan and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will burn a trajectory 62 miles high, well beyond the atmospheric boundaries of Earth. Its astronaut will become the first to reach space without the benefit of NASA, Houston mission control, or a penny of government support.

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