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Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X-Prize on October 4, 2004 for making two flights to an altitude of 100 kilometers from the Mojave Airport within two weeks.
SpaceShipOne was designed by Burt Rutan and constructed by Scaled Composites Incorporated. Funding has been provided by Paul G. Allen.
Burt Rutan founded Scaled Composites, Inc. in April 1982 to develop research aircraft. The company currently employs 130 people at the Mojave, California airport.
Link to the Scaled Composites, Incorporated web site
Link to the Mojave Airport web site
Link to the Ansari X-Prize web site
White Knight, N318SL and SpaceShipOne, N328KF take off from Runway 30 just before sunrise at 6:48 A.M.
Bob Scheerer's Beechcraft Starship, N514RS serves as medium altitude chase.
The waning gibbous Moon was hanging high in the sky over the Mojave Desert.
Beechcraft Starship, N514RS escorts White Knight and SpaceShipOne as they climb to launch altitude
The faster Alphajet weaves back and forth to stay with White Knight and SpaceShipOne.
Brian Binnie ignites the solid fuel/liquid oxidizer rocket engine of SpaceShipOne as Mike Melvill banks White Knight to the right at 7:48 A.M.
SpaceShipOne climbs vertically to the edge of space.
Extra 300, N12DW chases SpaceShipOne as it glides back to the Mojave Airport.
Extra 300, N12DW chases SpaceShipOne as it glides back to the Mojave Airport at 8:09 A.M.
Brian Binnie piloted SpaceShipOne to a dead-stick landing at 8:12 A.M.
Beechcraft Starship, N514RS
Extra 300, N12DW
White Knight, N318SL approaches the Mojave Airport two minutes after the landing of SpaceShipOne.
Beechcraft Starship, N514RS, the Alphajet, and Extra 300, N12DW approach the Mojave Airport.
Beechcraft Starship, N514RS, the Alphajet, and Extra 300, N12DW fly over the Mojave Airport at 8:15 A.M. before breaking into the landing pattern.
Beechcraft Starship, N514RS, the Alphajet, and Extra 300, N12DW fly over SpaceShipOne sitting on Runway 30.
White Knight on approach to land on Runway 26.
The recovery team examines SpaceShipOne after the flight as White Knight lands in the background.
Alphajet flies over SpaceShipOne
Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne made the first privately funded manned flight to 100 Kilometers altitude from the Mojave Airport early in the morning on Monday, June 21. Pilot Mike Melvill earned his astronaut's wings and experienced three minutes of weightlessness during the flight into space.
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