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Final Countdown!

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:59 am
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chabot imageforbes.com by Tomas Kellner: NEW YORK – SpaceShipOne, the space rocket funded by Forbes 400 member and billionaire Paul Allen, will take a second flight to the edge of space in the early morning of Sept. 29. The blast off will take place at the Mojave Spaceport in Mojave, Calif.

It may be the rocket’s last stab at the eight-year-old, $10 million X Prize. That award from the X Prize Foundation goes to the first team to fly three humans 62 miles up and back in the same vehicle twice within two weeks. But the foundation never managed to raise sufficient money to fund it. It’s currently covered by a hole-in-one insurance policy, which expires on Jan.1, 2005.

SpaceShipOne’s second launch is set for Oct. 4, the 47th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik.
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Note: Another late contender is Space Transport Corp., based in Forks, Wash. Although its Rubicon 1 rocket blew up after just 200 feet on Aug. 7, the team has raised $200,000 to launch the unmanned Rubicon 2 on either Sept. 25 or 26.
Is not up to date, Alan Boyle reported:
After I posted Friday’s item on the progress of Space Transport Corp.’s Rubicon 2 rocket, company co-founder Philip Storm said the rocket was more likely to be launched during the weekend of Oct. 2-3 — and indeed, that’s what Space Transport reports in an online Word document. If all the schedules hold true, that means the launch could come right in the midst of the Ansari X Prize rocket bids planned by Scaled Composites’ SpaceShipOne team in California and the GoldenPalace.com / da Vinci Project in Saskatchewan.

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