July 28, 2004 |
Pioneering aircraft designer Burt Rutan, whose Space- ShipOne manned rocket became the first privately funded vehicle to reach space last month, said Tuesday that he would try to win the $10-million Ansari X Prize this fall. The prize, funded by private donors and created to spur commercial spaceflight, is being offered to the first vehicle to fly three people into space, return them safely to Earth and then repeat the exercise within two weeks.
June 5, 2004 |
A team funded by billionaire Paul Allen will attempt to launch the first nongovernmental manned flight into space June 21, the group said Wednesday. They hope to send SpaceShipOne, created by aviation designer Burt Rutan, to an altitude of 62 miles on a suborbital flight over the Mojave Desert. The rocket plane reached an altitude of about 40 miles during a test flight May 13. Suborbital flights are essentially up and down.