posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 05:13 PM
Today at a press conferance Burt Rutan, head of the Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites has given its 60 day notice that it will be making an
attempt to win the Ansari X-Prize competition on September 29 from the Mojave Spaceport, and then repeating the feat no later than October 13.
A piloted rocket ship race to claim a $10 million Ansari X Prize purse for privately financed flight to the edge of space is heating up.
Aerospace engineer, Burt Rutan, leader of Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, has formally announced a timetable for back-to-back flights of the
firmís SpaceShipOne rocket plane.
Rutan and his team have given its official 60-day notice, with the first X Prize attempt set for September 29 from the inland Mojave Spaceport in
California. To win the $10 million, SpaceShipOne will need to make a second flight within two weeks, by October 13.
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Rutan and his team are in a prime position to take the 10 million prize, and many consider the X-Prize over and done with and the other teams who are
further behind set their sites on the First Annual X-Prize cup tentatively set for somtime in 2005 in Nex Mexico.
If SpaceShipOne fails in some way or stumbles along the way to a smooth 3 lauches Brian Feeney the Leader of the Canadian Da-Vinci Project is right
behind Rutan's Group. On August 5 Feeney & Co. will unviel their completed X Prize vehicle to the public at Downsview Airport in Toronto, Ontario.
Wild-Fire is as exotic looking as the WhiteKnight/Spaceshipone combo as they are different. When Wild-Fire makes it's attempt, it will be lifted by
the largest baloon in the world to 70,000 ft, the Wild-Fire will make it's acsent into the History books, whether it be Canadian history or World
History only time will tell.
[edit on 7-27-2004 by Valhall]