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An interest in model airplanes paved the way for Ben Diachun of Scaled Composites

Los Angeles Times - Jun 8, 2018
SpaceShipOne's wing would fold up to a 60-degree angle, changing the configuration so the plane's greater surface area would create more drag and slow it down during reentry. Diachun stood on the tarmac at the Mojave Air and Space Port, just outside ...

Could this small device solve sexual assault threats?

WFAA.com - Jun 7, 2018
They prompted the first private reusable spacecraft, SpaceShipOne, in 2004, super-efficient vehicles in 2010, and a StarTrek-inspired “TriCorder” device in 2017 that conducts health diagnostics without input from a health professional. As a mother of ...

4 Billionaires Trying to Make Space Travel a Reality

TheStreet.com - May 22, 2018
While a Branson-sponsored SpaceShipOne rocket privately built by Scaled Composites successfully flew into suborbital space twice in one week, its VSS Enterprise SpaceShipTwo rocket broke apart and crashed in October 2014. One pilot was killed, while ...

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SpaceShip One X-Prize Flight #1 Launch Mike Melvill

SpaceShipOne launches from White Knight carrier airplane on the first of two X-Prize winning flights in 2004. Flight 16P of SpaceShipOne was a spaceflight in ...

2004 Sep 29: SpaceShipOne X-PRIZE Flight 1 -- Highlights

Highlights (video only, no sound) from the first of two X-PRIZE qualifying flights by SpaceShipOne, with pilot Mike Melvill. The White Knight carrier plane lifted off ...


SpaceShipOne was a suborbital air-launched spaceplane that completed the first manned private spaceflight in 2004. That same year, it won the US$10 million ...

Spaceshipone flight

Compilation of the two flights which won the X-Prize for the Scaled-Composites team.


SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft with suborbital flight capability at speeds of up to 900 m/s (3000 ft/s), using a hybrid ...