April 8, 2004

SpaceShipOne flies again today

This is very cool... Scaled Composites -- Burt Rutan's company -- has been building a reusable spaceship. It went on its first flight on the anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight (went supersonic too!) and now it has flown again. From Space.com: bq. The privately-backed SpaceShipOne suborbital rocket plane made its second powered flight today. bq. Built by Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, the piloted vehicle was powered by a hybrid rocket motor to over 105,000 feet. The engine burned for 40 seconds, zipping to Mach 2, or two times the speed of sound, according to a source that witnessed the test flight high above Mojave, California skies. Posted by DaveH at April 8, 2004 1:33 PM