Originally posted by Leonard David on CNN.comA privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June 21 on a mission to become the world's first commercial manned space vehicle.
The pilot of the craft, still to be announced, will become the first person to earn astronaut wings in a non-government sponsored vehicle, and the first private civilian to fly a spaceship out of the atmosphere.
That's the word on Wednesday from Scaled Composites in the Mojave, California desert -- designer and builder of SpaceShipOne. The announcement is the first time the group has pre-announced a high-altitude run of its piloted rocketship.
While the NASA program is good for going to places like the moon, the dawning of commercial space travel is long LONG overdue and will certainly(and hopefully) serve as a catalyst for the continued development of the rest of our space program...
"If we will keep closing our eyes to evil, then that evil will defeat us tomorrow. Unfortunately there's more hatred in men than love. Those who murder understand only force and nothing else. And the only force that is able to stand against them is the American democracy."- Marek Edelman, last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
"The Geneva Conventions are so outdated and are written so broadly that they have become a sword used by terrorists to kill civilians, rather than a shield to protect civilians from terrorists. These international laws have become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution."- Alan Dershowitz
Granted I only skimmed the CNN article, but I thought this flight was ineligible for the X-Prize, since it won't be carrying enough weight to represent three people. Plus, they need to give 30 days notice for that. Click Here (science.slashdot.org).
Still, this is impressive, and as the CNN article does point out, they'll be the number one contender for the X-Prize.
(edited by EddieBurkett on 2.6.04 1812) "Yeah, angles in the ring... someone thought of that a long time ago. They called it pro wrestling." -- the MCS
"I think mentally maybe I've just reached puberty." -- Vince McMahon (hollywoodreporter.com)
"How many poles did you get?" "I got just enough for . . . ninja!"
There's a good review of the book up at Whatever-Dude.Com : This book screams to be made into a screenplay. A man like Hughes could easily take this and turn it into the film that re-introduces him to the teenage audience he lost 20 years ago.