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Posted: 10/1/2004 12:22:57 AM EDT
Set your VCR's and Tivo's, we're about to see history in the making.


SpaceShipOne to launch Monday

This week's corkscrew ascent did no damage to the ship, pilot says

Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

MOJAVE, CALIF. - SpaceShipOne will launch early Monday in a historic attempt to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize, the experimental spacecraft's team announced Thursday.

The flight, slated for 8 a.m. Monday, would be the second in five days for the American Mojave Aerospace Ventures team led by aircraft designer Burt Rutan and billionaire Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder. The

X Prize purse goes to the first privately funded human spacecraft that can reach the internationally recognized threshold of space twice within two weeks.

Wednesday's rolling ascent did not damage SpaceShipOne. Pilot Mike Melvill said he may have inadvertently triggered the unwanted rolls.

Meanwhile, the da Vinci Project, a Canadian team that once posed a challenge to SpaceShipOne is probably one or two weeks from announcing its launch plans, said spokeswoman Una McAvoy.

Its first flight originally had been planned for Saturday.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 12:26:25 AM EDT
Was the "pilot" of the first trip asked to abort several times?

What happened again with that?

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 12:33:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/1/2004 12:34:15 AM EDT by rayra]
wow. just 5 days after the first prize flight.
I attended the the first (test) flight into space. It was an awesome day.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 12:33:53 AM EDT

More details of the last flight. Yeah, it was a WILD ride.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 2:42:57 AM EDT
All this, and time travel too!

Isn't Sunday the 3rd?
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 5:18:24 AM EDT
Just imagine the sorts of military applications for these craft. Will the Air Force buy some??

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 5:25:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 5:28:32 AM EDT
Yep, Melvill is a hell of a stick and rudder pilot.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 2:36:41 PM EDT

SpaceShipOne ignition is set for 0800 PDT but the actual TAKEOFF for White Knight is scheduled for 0700 PDT, Monday October 4.

Link Posted: 10/1/2004 2:43:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 5subslr5:
* Wonder if the ground controllers had no abort capability ??

Nope. Melvill is PIC (Pilot in Command) and he makes all the decisions. The ground does not overrule him.
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 2:58:49 PM EDT
Man, we live in some interesting times! Funny how so many people don't realize it...
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