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Holeshot
10-04-2004, 08:16 AM
WOW! What a piece of history! The first private space flight was backed up this morning with a second flight and they say they have won the prize!!!

The ship just touched down in the desert... wow.. that's quite momentus!!! :happy44: :happy44: :happy44:

LINKS
X-PRIZE: http://www.xprize.org/
FOX: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134362,00.html
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/10/04/spaceshipone.attempt.cnn/index.html

lll0228
10-04-2004, 08:53 AM
It does kick ass! Looks like Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic airline is going to take off afterall.

Oh well, I bet the NSA has done this long time ago, we just weren't told about it. LOL :)

phildo
10-04-2004, 02:17 PM
Burt Rutan is the man!
Saw a great show on the space ship one effort last night on History channel...what can you say? it's just amazing!
...and for those that may not remember it was just a few, well maybe 10, years ago that Burt et.al. designed, built, and flew the first plane around the world without refueling.

Holeshot
10-04-2004, 02:28 PM
Burt Rutan is the man!
Saw a great show on the space ship one effort last night on History channel...what can you say? it's just amazing!
...and for those that may not remember it was just a few, well maybe 10, years ago that Burt et.al. designed, built, and flew the first plane around the world without refueling.

Yeap! He also built the Pond Racer that caught fire in flight and killed it's pilot when he could not get out after a belly-landing in the Nevada desert.

He designes some wierd stuff. Spaceship is freaking thing is awesome! I was stoked to see a re-entry system that did not rely upon a ton of tiles. I don't know if it's at all applicable to entry from higher orbits but I think this sort of resaerch is phenominal.

I saw something last night on Discovery about the Sept 29th. flight. Man.. way cool. They had an O-SHIZNIT moment on a high-altitude test where one of the trims hung up but they got it cleared and landed safely.

$20 million to get a man into space. I think that's just WAY COOL!!!! :happy44: :happy44:

UKDuc
10-04-2004, 02:52 PM
I missed that documentary on the history channel last night - damn it, meant to see it!

I always wanted to try flying to the edge of the atmosphere in a Mig-25 foxbat - costs about $10,000 and at the height it gets to (around 90,000 feet - not space but high enough that you experience some amount of weightlessness and the sky above is black and you see the curvature of the earth) http://www.incredible-adventures.com/edgeofspace.html . I think space tourism is a great idea, and I wonder how Richard Branson managed to get his hands on this before anyone else?