View Full Version : SpaceShipOne going Sub-Orbital on June 21!

02-06-2004, 20:19:50
Scaled Composites ( http://www.scaled.com/ ) has invited the public on June 21, 2004 to attend the launching of their historic space mission to become the world's first commercial manned space vehicle!

A good, basic article on this can be found at:

03-06-2004, 12:01:38
The 10 million dollar prize isn't going to cover costs. They're banking on space tourism or just doing this for fun?

03-06-2004, 12:27:03
Probably both.

03-06-2004, 21:45:06
Different teams have different reasons. Scaled is doing it as publicity, fun, and to prove that they can get to space, cheaply and reliably. Tourism, space launches, etc etc etc... a lot opens up if you can go into space whenever you like, and cheaper then any government or government coalition can do it.

04-06-2004, 08:13:58
Paul Allen is loaded. :)

As for eventual applications, I see the market growing as the technology matures.

21-06-2004, 17:21:08
Yaaay! :beer:


The Shaker
21-06-2004, 18:07:26
sub orbital flynig is fun.

22-06-2004, 01:30:29
They've pre-booked 108 people for a sub-orbital ride at $108,000 (Deposit required of $10,000). From what Allen has said, that and the X Prize will more then cover their costs to develop and fly.

Plus, they are going orbital. White Knight and Space Ship One can be scaled up for Orbital and Escape. :D

22-06-2004, 03:07:12
Oh Dear..... I hope NASA management can speak dodo.


The Mad Monk
22-06-2004, 06:50:32
I don't know if anyone remembers, but Scaled Composites is also the company that sent a two passenger aircraft around the world, in 1986 -- one takeoff, one landing.


22-06-2004, 17:41:54
Yep. I remember. It was a Burt Rutan design. ;)

22-06-2004, 17:55:58
Not the same as Leonard Rutan.

The Mad Monk
04-10-2004, 11:04:01
Resurrecting this one in anticipation of good news. :beer:

04-10-2004, 20:51:28

They did it. Damned if they didn't do it. :)

The Mad Monk
05-10-2004, 06:21:04

05-11-2004, 21:19:18
With ease.

Virgin is buying 5 of those. Slightly bigger then SS1.

NASA is contracting with them about various things now.

I think they'll more then recoup their R&D costs. :D

05-11-2004, 23:46:17
Long live rich eccentrics with a love for new and dangerous experiences. :)