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Pilots to be Honored at Museum of Flying, including Dick Rutan and Angela Masson

Santa monica Observed - Apr 19, 2018
Mike Melvill – The world's first commercial astronaut who flew SpaceShipOne into space on June 21, 2004 Mike is the sole or joint holder of nine FAI aviation world records in various categories. Mike was the Chief Test Pilot for Scaled Composites for ...

DARPA Launch Challenge offers $10M top prize for rapid-turnaround orbital liftoffs

Yahoo News - Apr 20, 2018
The SpaceShipOne rocket plane, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and built by California-based Scaled Composites, won the $10 million prize in October 2004. Allen said he spent $28 million on the effort, but he was compensated when SpaceShipOne ...

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk going head-to-head to conquer space travel

Washington Post - Mar 30, 2018
His book documents the emergence of a commercial space industry in the past 15 years, from the first flight of SpaceShipOne to the prospect of Earth orbit as a venue for tourism and recreation. [How photos of Earth from space changed humans' view 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...

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...


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...

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 rocket motor. Credit: NATIONAL...