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Originally posted by PARALYZ
i just hope they'll be more coverage soon.
Originally posted by PARALYZ
Pretty good news.The only thing that bugs me is that Burt Rutan keeps Spaceshipone's test flights unannounced and not televised at all.Theyr'e preaching about how this space race is gonna change the world but to this point we hardly see or hear much about it on tv.I don't mean to bash them i just hope they'll be more coverage soon.
Originally posted by spngsambigpants
It's too abd there isn't more media coverage.
Originally posted by outsider
For some it will cost more to develope then the prize I would guess,
but the real money would be in the commericial developement.
New Mexico to Host Private 'X Prize' Spaceflight Race
The X Prize Foundation and the New Mexico Office of Space Commercialization are joining forces to stage the multi-faceted X Prize Cup, a two-week long event that allows for privately-financed, passenger-carrying space vehicles to compete for prizes.
At a press conference to be held later today at the State House in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Governor Bill Richardson is set to announce that New Mexico has been picked as the site for the X Prize Cup. The event would be held at the Southwest Regional Spaceport during the same timeframe each year.
Canadian Arrow Team Moves Forward in Human-Rating Rocket
In the quest to build and fly suborbital passenger spaceships, the Canadian Arrow is ready to roar. A series of unpiloted validation tests of rocket systems are now slated for this summer.
The testing is scheduled to take place over a period of four months beginning in August. According to Canadian Arrow team leader, Geoff Sheerin of London Ontario, Canada, the rocket's launch pad abort and escape systems are to be evaluated first.
"This testing will be essential before any manned launches are attempted," the group announced in a press statement. A set of solid rocket motors mounted in the nosecone section are to be ignited, pulling the nosecone and crew cabin off the booster.
Purpose of the shakeout is to verify that rocket abort hardware is reliable enough for human-rating the booster.
Chalk up another booming flight of the privately-backed SpaceShipOne, the piloted rocket plane designed to soar to the edge of space and glide to a runway landing.
With pilot Mike Melvill at the controls -- following release from the White Knight turbojet-powered launch aircraft high above the Mojave, California desert -- SpaceShipOne punched through the sky today boosted by a hybrid propellant rocket motor. According to sources who witnessed the flight, SpaceShipOne appears to have reached an altitude of a little over 200,000 feet.