SpaceShipOne is going for it!#

Burt Rutan has officially filed notice to the Ansari X-Prize folks that he plans to make an attempt with SpaceShipOne.

The first flight will take place September 29th, which means the second must occur by October 13th.

The goal is to fly the same spacecraft twice in two weeks to an altitude of 60 miles with a pilot and two passengers (or equivalent weight) on board.

If they succeed, they win a ten million dollar prize. Admittedly they've spent between 20-30 million on the spacecraft, funded by none other than Paul Allen.

The prize offer expires the end of this year, so things are really down to the wire.

SpaceShipOne has already made a space flight up to 60 miles, although not without some problems, making pilot Mike Melvill the first civilian astronaut in history.

Good luck guys!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 9:11:40 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) #    Comments [0]  | 

 

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