According to a press release from the X Prize organization, the Mojave, California-based Scaled Composite's SpaceShipOne team had a perfect
rocket-powered flight today, reaching an altitude of 105,000 ft.
Built by Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, the piloted vehicle was powered by a hybrid rocket motor to over 105,000 feet. The engine burned for
40 seconds, zipping to Mach 2, or two times the speed of sound, according to a source that witnessed the test flight high above Mojave, California
SpaceShipOne?s first powered flight took place on December 17, 2003. In that test, the motor roared to life for 15 seconds. According to another
Scaled Composites source, today's flight was the 13th airborne demonstration of the vehicle.
Not only should this kind of thing be televised (even on tape during a newscast), but it should receive a little (or a lot) more press than it does.
This really is a monumental moment in aviation history. Each success the Scaled Composites team and others have is a giant advance for all of us,
taking us one step closer to space flight for the common man, as it were.
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