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Scaled Composites-designed Stratolaunch taxis

AOPA Pilot - Dec 20, 2017
Allen previously teamed up with Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites to build and fly SpaceShipOne, the air-launch vehicle piloted by Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie that proved the concept of a reusable and privately funded spacecraft. The philosophy driving ...

Our SpaceFlight Heritage: SpaceShipOne, Government Zero – 13 years later

SpaceFlight Insider - Jun 22, 2017
Flight 15P was followed by 16P, with Melvill once again at the helm, this time taking SpaceShipOne up to 64 miles (103 kilometers) on Sept. 29, 2004, and the 17P flight on Oct. 4, 2004. These last two flights were competitive and met the requirements ...

'What the hell happened?': The rise and fall of suborbital space tourism companies

SpaceNews - Jun 13, 2017
The famous aircraft designer, now retired, was one of the participants in a webcast in early January promoting the recent book “How to Make a Spaceship” about the development of SpaceShipOne by Rutan's Scaled Composites. Peter Diamandis, chairman of ...

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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 the Tier One program that took...


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 Ansari X Prize and was immediately...

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 from the Mojave, California...

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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 rocket motor. Credit: NATIONAL...