View Full Version : SpaceShipOne launch June 21! Private Manned Space Flight!
06-21-2004, 01:48 AM
If all goes well, SpaceShipOne, at 6:30AM, will become the first private manned space flight. It will take place in the Mojave desert at 6:30AM PDT and SpaceShipOne (designed, built, and paid for by Scaled Composites) will be piloted by Mike Melvill, a test pilot with 19 years experience and (hopefully) soon to be astronaut. CNN will carry live coverage of the historic flight. Lets wish them good luck!!
More info here:
:smt033 :smt040 :smt023 :prayer: :smt119 :smt118
06-21-2004, 08:05 AM
Cool, I saw this on the news but supposedly he made it up to 100km which is just barely considered space... but let's hope some more comes of this now government-funded space programmes are not what they used to be.
06-21-2004, 08:08 AM
whoa , i saw this like 4 days ago, this is the "something" prize right? the guys that first do it get like 10 millions. is space like 150km? :smt017
06-21-2004, 08:19 AM
Looks like space to me! :D
I don't know about dictionary definition, but they actually have zero g for about 3 minutes and have to go through reentry, so good enough for me :smt023
06-21-2004, 11:57 AM
I saw this on the news today. There was a British guy aiming for the same goal but it now looks like he'll have to settle with second place.
06-21-2004, 12:17 PM
Thay made it into "space" barely at 100 km which is just out of the earths atmosphere.
Not bad for a non-goverment spaceflight, i hope we see more of these guys in the future :smt023
06-21-2004, 12:18 PM
<government conspiracy mode>
Whats the bet it all of a sudden blows up, or fails, with lots of coverage by NASA saying how such a project "is futile/dangerous"
</government conspiracy mode>
I do hope of course that doesnt happen for obvious reasons.
06-21-2004, 12:40 PM
heck if the government has given up on regular space missions someone else sure as hell may aswell continue the legacy :smt023
06-21-2004, 01:22 PM
They might make it. If they do then cheap space travel will be possible. Hello Mars :smt033 I'm coming for ya. Good luck to them :smt023
06-21-2004, 01:30 PM
first thing that springs to mind is long distance travels, using such a ship to fly just beond the atmosphere would make it possible to fly to the other side in a matter of a few hours.
/me imagines going for a shopping spree in tokio every weekend :P
06-21-2004, 02:44 PM
infact that would cut aircraft emissions significantly as they would be polluting outside of our atmosphere for the majority of the time not within it :smt033
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