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Thursday, June 17, 2004
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SpaceShipOne related articles:
csmonitor.com: Out on the Mojave: space shot for the common man
Down Route 58, past tangles of scrub brush and 20 miles of landscape that ripples in the heat of the high California desert, America took its first steps into the space age in the 1960s.
For the generation of test pilots who would become America's first astronauts, this was the launching pad for the impossible - where machines took humans faster and higher than ever before.
Monday morning, as the sun creeps over the umber edge of the San Gabriel mountains, a local engineer famous for his independent attitude and revolutionary ideas will seek to take that spirit into the 21st century. If all goes as planned, his SpaceShipOne will shoot straight up - 62 miles above the Mojave sand to where the sky is as black as shale - and for the first time a human will reach space unaided by any government. Read More
newsday.com: Rocket plane scheduled for Mon. launch
A stubby rocket plane, fueled by rubber and laughing gas, is to be launched Monday in an attempt to send a human to the edge of space for the first time in a privately funded vehicle.
The suborbital trip would provide the pilot a brief period of weightlessness, about three to four minutes, as the craft climbs at 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 tourist industry.
Burt Rutan, the aerospace entrepreneur who built the rocket plane, called SpaceShipOne, is among the entrants in a competition for the $10-million Ansari X Prize, backed by private donors. It is modeled after such prizes as the $25,000 Orteig Prize that inspired Charles Lindbergh's 1927 solo trans-Atlantic flight. Rutan's project is being funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen. Read More
And also nynewsday.com reports the same article as newsday.com: Rocket plane scheduled for Mon. launch
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