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Wednesday, December 17, 2003
MANNED SPACESHIP BREAKS THE SOUND BARRIER IN QUEST FOR SPACE
The X PRIZE (www.xprize.org) competition took another step forward on this historic 100th anniversary of flight with the supersonic flight of Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne. This represents the first manned supersonic flight by an aircraft developed by a private, non-government effort.
"We're very excited that Rutan's flight was successful. This is the first of many private flight attempts by X PRIZE teams to open the space frontier. It is appropriate the Burt chose December 17th for his first rocket-powered step towards space. We hope by this time next year the X PRIZE will be claimed and the myth that spaceflight is only for governments will be shattered. It is on that day that we will have the champagne ready and chilled." Read More
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