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Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne to attempt 62 miles tomorrow morning (1 Viewer)

Peter Kline

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CNN covered the flight from the beginning and came back several times and showed the landing. There was coverage on Fox and MSNBC as well. A news conference will be held about 1 PM EST to give final figures on how high the plane made it. There were some reports that the rocket engines turned off prematurely.
 

Peter Kline

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CNN covered the flight from the beginning and came back several times and showed the landing. There was coverage on Fox and MSNBC as well. A news conference will be held about 1 PM EST to give final figures on how high the plane made it. There were some reports that the rocket engines turned off prematurely.
 

Chris

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Huzzah! This is wonderous news. Finally, space flight comes to the private sector ;)
 

Chris

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Huzzah! This is wonderous news. Finally, space flight comes to the private sector ;)
 

Lee L

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Well, they said that the June flight was more of a dry run to make sure everything was go for the actual X prize 2 launch try to come later. It does seem like we should hear something soon about it though.
 

Jack Briggs

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Al systems are go, so to speak. The guidance-system anomoly that marred its initial flight into the lower reaches of space has been resolved.

Media reports -- and the current news media are terrible at their space coverage -- mistakenly refer to SpaceShipOne's first spaceflight as "achieving what Alan Shepard did in 1961."

Not accurate. An accurate comparison would be with the X-15 rocketplane that made some suborbital flights (with the record being 67 miles altitude in 1967). The Mercury-Redstone 3 mission was a ballistic flight that reached 115 miles altitude -- and it lasted all of fifteen minutes.
 

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