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Suborbital space: The final tourist frontier?
Think of it as an elaborate badminton shuttlecock. Put a pilot in it, take it up in the air and fire it 62 miles straight up into suborbital space at three times the speed of sound -- a spectacular trip undertaken with the knowledge that as the spacecraft plummets back to Earth, it will always be pointing in the right direction.
This elegantly simple precept underpins the aerodynamics of SpaceShipOne, a stubby rocket plane whose creators on June 21 plan to put a human in space for the first time without any government sponsorship or assistance.
Successful Entrepreneurs Backing Teams Working To Launch Non-Government AstronautsEarly next week, if all goes well, America's long quest for dominance in space will reach a new milestone high above the Mojave Desert in California.
The proceeds from a mighty software fortune will launch the first commercial astronaut into space.
SpaceShipOne, a rocket plane developed by aircraft designer Burt Rutan and financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, will burn a trajectory 62 miles high, well beyond the atmospheric boundaries of Earth. Its astronaut will become the first to reach space without the benefit of NASA, Houston mission control, or a penny of government support.
A Brief, Private Trip into Space
The Competition to Become First Commercial Manned Flight
A small company funded by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen will attempt to send a person into space aboard a vehicle called SpaceShipOne. It's one of more than 20 groups competing for a $10 million prize for the first non-governmental manned space flight.
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