At 11:08 AM Mike Melvill and his SpaceShipOne made it into space becoming the first ever private spaceman.The spacecraft is now gliding into land at
History could change today when the first privately-built spacecraft
carries a human into space beginning around 9:30 a.m ET. MSNBC.com
is offering a live video-webcast of the
event. Radio station KLOA 104.9 plans a live audio webcast
of the flight that will begin with
traffic and weather reports at 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. local time). Radio-only broadcasts are planned by local stations KGET 970 and KGOV.
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BREAKING NEWS: SpaceShipOne is Airborne
Scaled Composite officials expect a smooth flight, but anyone who follows the space industry knows that every flight has inherent risks.
In fact SpaceShipOne had a landing mishap during a test flight in September. There were no injuries and the craft was not significantly damaged when
it slid off the runway.
Weather permitting, the craft will be carried aloft aboard the White Knight, a somewhat conventional airplane built specially for this purpose. An
hour after taking off from the Mojave Airport, at about 50,000 feet, the White Knight will release SpaceShipOne, whose pilot will fire a rocket,
powered by rubber and laughing gas, for about 80 seconds.
SpaceShipOne should soar to 62 miles (100 kilometers), crossing the threshold of space on a suborbital trajectory. The pilot, who has not yet been
named, would officially become an astronaut.
According to plan, the craft will spend about three minutes in weightlessness, then glide back to Earth. It will land about 1 hour and 25 minutes
after the initial takeoff in the same location.
The launch is planned for early morning because winds tend to pick up later in the day. Weather could scrub the launch, possibly pushing it back a day
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SpaceShipOne + White Knight launch plane:
[edit on 22-6-2004 by John bull 1]