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  ScienceDaily: Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne
The Scaled Composites Model 316 SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched suborbital spaceplane that uses a hybrid rocket motor.
SpaceShipOne Makes History: First Private Manned Mission To Space (June 22, 2004) -- The world witnessed the dawn of a new space age Monday, as investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and Scaled Composites launched the first private manned vehicle beyond the Earth's atmosphere.
Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne -- The Scaled Composites Model 316 SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched suborbital spaceplane that uses a hybrid rocket motor.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/Scaled_Composites_SpaceShipOne   (1324 words)

 SpaceShipOne Breaks the Sound Barrier | Web Newsroom Keyword: Feature News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Scaled Composites' flight this morning by SpaceShipOne demonstrated that supersonic flight is now the domain of a small company doing privately-funded research, without government help.
At apogee, SpaceShipOne was in near-weightless conditions, emulating the characteristics it will later encounter during the planned space flights in which it will be at zero-g for more than three minutes.
Scaled Composites, LLC is an aerospace research company located on Mojave Airport.
www.azreporter.com /news/features/articles/spaceshipone.html   (925 words)

 SpaceShipOne First Flight 9/29/2004 (Space Ship One)
Another mile down the runway was the Scaled Composite hanger which was on the edge of the spaceport.
Discovery Channel's excellent "Black Sky" program about Space Ship One that I heard that another Scaled test pilot Pete Siebold was supposed to go up but he got sick and was in the hospital, along with his wife who was having their 2nd child, and had to withdraw from the flight.
SpaceShipOne was being pulled by a pickup truck with a couple of guys sitting on the tailgate.
256.com /gray/blog/2004/09/29_1/space_ship_one_first_flight.html   (3626 words)

 USATODAY.com - SpaceShipOne makes third rocket-powered flight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Scaled Composites of Mojave is the builder of SpaceShipOne, an effort led by aviation innovator, Burt Rutan.
SpaceShipOne's builders are expected to release specific flight data regarding today's test flight as soon as they analyze the mission.
This federal paperwork gave Scaled Composites the go-ahead to fly a string of sub-orbital flights for a one-year period — the first license to authorize piloted flight on a sub-orbital trajectory.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2004-05-13-spaceshipone-third-flight_x.htm   (946 words)

 SpaceShipOne - Space Ship One
Spaceshipone has three seats; one for the pilot and two for space tourists who will be able to make the minutes up and down flights once the test phase is over.
It carries SpaceShipOne under its belly and releases SpaceShipOne rocketplane at 50,000ft and after a brief glide the rocket engine (hybrid rocket motor) ignites and fires for about 80 seconds carrying the craft to 100km for a three minute zero-g flight before a 15-20 minutes glide back to Earth, landing like an aircraft.
Scaled Composites have announced that they will attempt the first manned suborbital flight of its SpaceShipOne vehicle on June 21.
www.aerospaceguide.net /spaceplanes/spaceshipone.html   (795 words)

 Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne biography .ms (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
On April 1, 2004, Scaled Composites received the first license for sub-orbital piloted rocket flights to be issued by the US Department of Transportation.
SpaceShipOne will continue to make test flights, as Scaled Composites develops the technology further and designs future spacecraft such as the planned Virgin SpaceShip.
Unfortunately, SpaceShipOne launches to the east of the spaceport early in the morning, which means that it is in the same part of the sky as the sun for viewers at the spaceport.
spaceshipone.biography.ms.cob-web.org:8888   (790 words)

 HobbySpace - Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) News
The Scaled Composites entry page at the X PRIZE has, not surprisingly, been updated and includes a new team briefing (pdf, 284kb).
Scaled documents provided at the event state that the cost of the program is projected to be "close to a Soyuz ride", suggesting something on the order of $20 million.
SpaceShipOne uses hybrid propulsion with nitrous oxide and rubber propellent and an ablative nozzle.
www.hobbyspace.com /AAdmin/archive/RLV/2003/SpaceShipOneRollOut.html   (3318 words)

 SpaceShipOne 2004
SpaceShipOne was at 180,000 feet when the last nitrous oxide oxidizer on board was applied to the 600 pounds of rubber-like fuel, but it continued coasting and eventually reached 328,491 feet.
Live transmissions of radio communications between the ground controllers and SpaceShipOne were supposed to be broadcast throughout the flight, but in the end this didn't materialize, perhaps because of the problems on the way up, and everyone on the ground was left wondering what was happening.
SpaceShipOne's large tails pivot out during the descent from the top of its flight, in order to produce drag and so angle the craft correctly for re-entry.
www.richard-seaman.com /Aircraft/AirShows/SpaceShipOne2004   (1503 words)

 Scaled Composites Completes Development Phase For SpaceShipOne Engine
In Jan 2000, Scaled defined a new integrated concept for the hybrid motor that allowed the entire propulsion system to be mounted to the spaceship by simple skirt flanges on the oxidizer tank.
By early 2001, Scaled had committed to developing the two main motor composite components in-house: The first is the nitrous oxide tank, a composite liner laid up onto titanium flanges, with a graphite over-wrap provided by Thiokol.
Scaled does not pre-announce the specific flight test plans for the space program, however completed accomplishments are updated as they happen.
www.spacedaily.com /news/rlv-03j1.html   (618 words)

 Scaled Composites - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is known for interesting designs, for its use of non-metal, composite materials, and for winning the Ansari X Prize with its experimental spacecraft SpaceShipOne.
Scaled Composites was established in 1982 and purchased by the Beech Aircraft Corporation in 1985, as a result of the collaboration on the Starship project.
Before SpaceShipOne, Rutan was best known for his Voyager aircraft, which his brother, Dick Rutan, and Jeana Yeager flew around the world without refueling, in 1986.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scaled_Composites   (813 words)

 Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne
In 2003 Scaled Composites, an aircraft company founded by Burt Rutan, made headlines with their entry into the contest.
A year later, on 5 October 2005, SpaceShipOne was unveiled at the National Air and Space Museum's “Milestones of Flight” gallery, in company with such famous aircraft as the Bell X-1 and the Spirit of St.Louis.
SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million Ansari X Prize - Story and photos of the October 4 flight from space.com.
www.currell.net /models/ss1.htm   (715 words)

 CNN.com - SpaceShipOne lands after heart-stopping ride - Sep 30, 2004
SpaceShipOne is now within reach of a $10 million prize.
The aerodynamics of SpaceShipOne were slightly modified and the power of its engine was increased for the most recent flight.
SpaceShipOne is competing with more than two dozen other teams for the X Prize founded by space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis.
www.cnn.com /2004/TECH/space/09/29/spaceshipone.attempt.cnn/index.html   (833 words)

 Universe Today - SpaceShipOne Goes Supersonic
SpaceShipOne is considered the frontrunner to win the $10 million X-Prize.
Today, a significant milestone was achieved by Scaled Composites: The first manned supersonic flight by an aircraft developed by a small company's private, non-government effort.
Scaled does not pre-announce the specific flight test plans for its manned space program, however completed accomplishments are updated as they happen at our website:
www.universetoday.com /am/publish/supersonic_spaceshipone   (688 words)

 Goleta Air and Space Museum: Rutan and Scale Composites
Scaled Composites was engaged to build an 85 percent scale proof of-concept prototype to flight-test the configuration.
Starship 85%-scale prototype, N2000P suspended in the Scaled Composites hangar at the Mojave Airport on November 9, 1986.
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, 2004.
www.air-and-space.com /Rutan.htm   (2549 words)

 SPACE.com -- Testing Continues for Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne
Rutans group at Scaled Composites is busily working on more aggressive shakeouts of the suborbital, passenger-carrying craft, including a second glide test of the craft on August 27.
The hybrid motor is critical to propelling the SpaceShipOne to the edge of Earths atmosphere and snagging the $10 million X Prize.
In the second glide flight of SpaceShipOne, the flying qualities and performance in the spaceship re-entry or "feather" mode were evaluated.
www.space.com /businesstechnology/technology/spaceshipone_update_030903.html   (432 words)

 X Prize Contestant Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne Flies
The SpaceShipOne was launched at 47,000 feet, some 10 nautical miles east of Mojave, California.
According to a flight report issued by Scaled Composites, separation between the two vehicles was clean and positive.
Rutan and his Scaled Composites colleagues unveiled on April 18 the Tier One program, a stepping stone approach to validate hardware and pilots to carry out rocket-powered suborbital flight.
www.you.com.au /news/1995.htm   (425 words)

 SpaceShipOne: Return to the Edge of Space
SpaceShipOne is has now recorded 3 flights over 100,000 kilometers (328,084 feet, or about 62 miles), claiming theX-Prize and breaking the X-15's unofficial altitude record of 354,200 feet.
Rutan and the staff of Scaled Composites have developed this vehicle with highly innovative technology, going well beyond the usual practice of building incrementally on the prior state of the art.
Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites have accomplished far more than the flights now in progress, they are pioneers such as this country has not seen for nearly half a century.
www.sierrafoot.org /x-15/spaceshipone.html   (1021 words)

 Howstuffworks "How SpaceShipOne Works"
The ship is already a success on one level -- on October 4th, 2004, it won the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
The spaceship's creators envision a world where space travel is a thriving commercial business catering to anyone who has the desire to venture to the stars.
SpaceShipOne and White Knight took off at 9:45 EST, and SpaceShipOne was released from White Knight at around 50,000 feet.
science.howstuffworks.com /spaceshipone.htm   (349 words)

 collectSPACE - news - "Full Coverage: SpaceShipOne's First Flight"
Further details of SpaceShipOne's history-making flight are expected to be posted to Scaled Composites website later this week.
SpaceShipOne was designed by Rutan and his research team at the California-based aerospace company, Scaled Composites.
Unlike any previous SpaceShipOne flight - which the company traditionally kept secret until it was completed - the upcoming mission will allow the public to view, up close, the takeoff and landing as well as the overhead rocket boost to space.
www.collectspace.com /news/news-060204a.html   (1721 words)

 Private spaceship completes third supersonic test - Space.com - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Scaled Composites of Mojave, Calif., is the builder of SpaceShipOne, an effort led by aviation innovator Burt Rutan.
The test is part of Scaled Composites' Tier One program, funded by Allen, Microsoft co-founder and CEO of Vulcan Inc.," according to the statement.
This federal paperwork gave Scaled Composites the go-ahead to fly a string of suborbital flights for a one-year period — the first license to authorize piloted flight on a suborbital trajectory.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4970837   (1084 words)

 HobbySpace - Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) News
According to the Scaled Composites test flights page, the SpaceShipOne was dropped from the White Knight on Oct.17th at 46,200 feet.
Scaled Composites was confident of the design and therefore readily selected a single vendor for this sub-system.
Scaled does not pre-announce the specific flight test plans for the space program, however completed accomplishments are updated as they happen at our website: www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/index.htm.
www.hobbyspace.com /AAdmin/archive/RLV/2003/SpaceShipOneUpdates.html   (6343 words)

 Scaled Composites, LLC: composite aircraft design, prototyping and flight test (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Scaled Composites would like to thank all those who have sent their prayers and good wishes to Engineer/Test Pilot Chuck Coleman, who suffered serious injuries when his Extra 300 aircraft crashed on 16 August 2006, while he was practicing an aerobatic routine for an air show.
Scaled Composites, LLC is an aerospace and specialty composites development company located in Mojave, California (about 80 miles north of Los Angeles).
Founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan, Scaled has broad experience in air vehicle design, tooling, manufacturing, specialty composite structure design, analysis, fabrication and developmental flight test.
www.scaled.com.cob-web.org:8888   (216 words)

 CNN.com - Private craft soars into space, history - Jun 23, 2004
SpaceShipOne lifted off early Monday morning in the Mojave Desert, carried by the jet White Knight.
A loud bang Melvill heard during the flight appeared to be a nonessential part of the composite airframe buckling near the rocket nozzle.
Scaled Composites is one of 24 companies from several countries competing for the X Prize, which will go to the first privately funded group to send three people on a suborbital flight 62.5 miles high and repeat the feat within two weeks using the same vehicle.
www.cnn.com /2004/TECH/space/06/21/suborbital.test/index.html   (1104 words)

 Fred's Airshow Journal: Photos of the historic SpaceShipOne launch
SpaceShipOne was inspired by the X-Prize, financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, designed by aviation legend Burt Rutan, built by Burt's Scaled Composites company, and flown by test pilot Mike Melvill.
SpaceShipOne was now so high that it was just a dot in my powerful lens.
As SpaceShipOne rolled to a stop, it was followed by a bevy of support and safety vehicles.
spaceshipone.airshowjournal.com /2004   (792 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | SpaceShipOne rockets to success
Preliminary radar data showed SpaceShipOne reached a peak altitude of 112km (368,000ft or 69.6 miles), which is higher than the mark (107.9km/354,200ft) set by the experimental X-15 craft more than four decades ago.
The aviation pioneer Burt Rutan, who conceived SpaceShipOne and whose company Scaled Composites built the vehicle, said he was "so proud of my team".
Many of these teams, realising that SpaceShipOne would in all probability take the X-Prize on Monday, are already setting their sights on orbital flight.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/sci/tech/3712998.stm   (678 words)

 SPACE.com -- Passenger-Carrying Spaceship Makes Desert Debut (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
SpaceShipOne will be air launched from a twin turbojet research aircraft with an 82-foot wingspan that was developed by Scaled Composites.
Experts at Scaled Composites are confident they've designed a system that supports suborbital flight - drawing from earlier aircraft design work, particularly the high-altitude Proteus vehicle.
Scaled Composites has been working with SpaceDev of Poway, California to evaluate use of a hybrid rocket propulsion system for the SpaceShipOne program.
www.space.com.cob-web.org:8888 /businesstechnology/technology/rutan_scaled_0304187.html   (1338 words)

 NASA - Webcast of SpaceShipOne X-Prize Attempt
The privately-funded SpaceShipOne team will attempt to win the $10 million Ansari X-prize on Monday, October 4, at 10 a.m.
SpaceShipOne -- designed by Burt Rutan and funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen -- made the first flight on Wednesday, September 29, and can win the prize with a successful attempt on October 4.
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe was in the Mojave Desert, Calif., to watch SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill take off and safely land on the first X-Prize attempt.
www1.nasa.gov /multimedia/nasatv/SpaceShipOne.html   (308 words)

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