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SpaceShipOne reached 100 km this morning

  1. Jun 21, 2004 #1

    marcus

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    the Rutan space(?) craft SpaceShipOne

    reached about 62 miles this morning and glided down
    for a safe landing

    there were no passengers, only the pilot

    here's a recent bulletin from the Detroit Free Press
    http://www.freep.com/news/latestnews/pm20366_20040621.htm
     
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  3. Jun 21, 2004 #2

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    Why the question mark after space? Sure it wans't orbital, but 100 km was the definition of space in the contest. If they can colect the prize (10 million ?) they can do more.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2004 #3
    does NASA need to be taking notes here?
     
  5. Jun 22, 2004 #4

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    NASA is taking notes, but while interesting stuff, its a long way from useful except as a joyride for the super-rich. It isn't even close to Alan Shepard's first sub-orbital flight.
     
  6. Jun 22, 2004 #5

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    Nor to speak of Gagarin.
     
  7. Jun 22, 2004 #6
    oh, i meant the time and budget
    but, it's only a matter of time before this is effectively "scaled-up" so to speak
     
  8. Jun 22, 2004 #7
    Wow, you all seem rather pessimistic about this accomplishment.
    I thought there would be much more upbeat comments on this board about such a milestone during our lifetimes.
    When our grandchildren are planning trips to the moon or ISS for their vacation, we will look back at this as an "I remember when..." story.
     
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