Friday April 18, 2003

Private manned spaceflight

A private manned spaceflight program was unveiled Friday at a desert airport where it has been in secret development for two years.

A rocket plane, dubbed SpaceShipOne, and the White Knight, an exotic jet designed to carry it aloft for a high-altitude air launch, were shown off in a hangar at Mojave Airport by famed aircraft designer Burt Rutan, who developed the program.

Rutan is best known for creating Voyager, the airplane that made the first nonstop, unrefueled flight around the world in 1986.

Story by Andrew Bridges, AP Science Writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Apr. 18, 2003
Take a look at the SpaceShipOne FAQ.
Private manned spaceflight ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Fri, 18 Apr, 22:16 Pacific