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Thursday, June 17, 2004
SpaceShipOne Articles Update
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. Read More
nzherald.co.nz: Counting down to a new space race
The early days of aviation must have looked a little like this: an enthusiastic crowd of thousands of people heading out to a remote airfield at the crack of dawn to watch a sleek metal contraption, the likes of which they have never seen, daring to perform new, untested stunts.
Such a scene is expected at Mojave airport in the desert 100 miles north of Los Angeles on Monday morning (local time), as one of the most innovative aviation companies in the business attempts the world's first non-governmental manned spacecraft flight. The Woodstock of space, some people are calling it. Read More
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