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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Popular Science: A conversation with spaceshipone test pilot Brian Binnie
chabot imagePopular Science:What were the big lessons from the flight?
Brian Binnie: The motor had no trouble lighting off at altitude, which we'd never done before. The performance was pretty darn close to the simulator predictions. So our drag models are close to real life.
Popular Science: Describe the ascent.
Brian Binnie: You flick the fire switch, the motor takes less than a second to ignite, and it's like winging open the gate at a rodeo. Boom! You and the bull are off! When the motor shut down, I found that I was breathing really hard.
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