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Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. was a leading supplier of parts and materials used in the construction of SpaceShipOne, which flew to space and back to win the X-Prize.
Aircraft Spruce is proud to have been a major sponsor and supplier for the construction of Voyager which Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew around the world in 1986, and we congratulate Burt Rutan, Mike Melvill, Brian Binnie and the entire staff of SCALED Composites on their successful flights to space in 2004.
A well worn copy of the Aircraft Spruce catalog that was used during construction of SpaceShipOne was carried on board the aircraft when it flew into space, and is now on display at Aircraft Spruce in Corona CA.
www.aircraftspruce.com /spaceshipone.php   (163 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   (1487 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)

 Spaceflight Now | SpaceShipOne News | Mission Status Center
SpaceShipOne, flown by veteran test pilot Brian Binnie, rocketed into space history today, climbing higher than 62 miles for the second time in five days in a bid to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for designer Burt Rutan and financial backer Paul Allen.
SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie is sticking his hand out a porthole window, waving to the crowds lining the runway.
SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill, struggling to regain control after the futuristic-looking craft went into an unexpected roll, shut down the spaceplane's engine 11 seconds early today in the first of two flights aimed at capturing the coveted X Prize.
www.spaceflightnow.com /ss1/status.html   (2613 words)

SpaceShipOne was a three-place, high-altitude research rocketplane, designed for sub-orbital flights to 100 km altitude.
SpaceShipOne, having served its purpose of testing technologies required for safe, affordable suborbital passenger spaceflight, was retired after winning the Ansari X Prize.
SpaceShipOne was later flown to Washington, DC, and put on permanent display in the Milestones of Flight gallery in the National Air and Space Museum on October 5, 2005.
www.astronautix.com /craft/spaipone.htm   (4848 words)

 Spaceflight Now | SpaceShipOne News | Mission Status Center
SpaceShipOne, flown by veteran test pilot Brian Binnie, rocketed into space history today, climbing higher than 62 miles for the second time in five days in a bid to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize for designer Burt Rutan and financial backer Paul Allen.
Melvill flew SpaceShipOne into sub-orbital space during a June test flight and he was at the controls last week for the first of the two X Prize launches.
SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill, struggling to regain control after the futuristic-looking craft went into an unexpected roll, shut down the spaceplane's engine 11 seconds early today in the first of two flights aimed at capturing the coveted X Prize.
spaceflightnow.com /ss1/status.html   (2591 words)

 SpaceShipOne Set To Take New Trip To The Edge Of Space
SpaceShipOne, piloted by South African-born Michael Melvill, 62, reached an altitude of more than 62 miles (100 kilometers), organizers said, putting it halfway to winning the prize put up by a private foundation seeking to boost space travel.
SpaceShipOne ignited its rocket engines after being dropped from a specially adapted jet called White Knight at an altitude of some 47,000 feet (15 kilometers) and blasted off toward space, attaining speeds up to Mach 3.5.
SpaceShipOne separated from the jet just before 8:10 am (1510 GMT), ignited its rocket engine to reach space and glided to a landing at this airbase littered with the hulks of passenger planes at 8:34 am (1534 GMT).
www.spacedaily.com /news/xprize-04zb.html   (852 words)

 SpaceShipOne - Space Ship One
SpaceShipOne is a reusable manned sub-orbital rocketplane that is designed to fly to space (an altitude above earth's atmosphere) and then glide back to earth.
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.
www.aerospaceguide.net /spaceplanes/spaceshipone.html   (795 words)

 Beefed-up motor will boost SpaceShipOne - 14 September 2004 - New Scientist
SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded craft to carry a person to the edge of space in June.
SpaceShipOne was the first crewed spacecraft to use a hybrid motor.
SpaceShipOne is launched in mid-air from a jet called White Knight.
www.newscientist.com /article.ns?id=dn6396   (421 words)

 SpaceShipOne First Flight 9/29/2004 (Space Ship One)
I had see pictures of SpaceShipOne and its launch plane White Knight against the backdrop of the wind turbines but I never thought that it was that close to the space port and SpaceShipOne's home base.
The PA announced that it was close to the drop time and that it was to the Northeast at around 15 degrees off the horizon but we still were looking far too high when the rocket trail was first spotted around 0812.
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)

 Private rocket ship breaks space barrier - The New Space Race - MSNBC.com
SpaceShipOne test pilot Mike Melvill, America's newest astronaut, flashes a broad grin and thumbs-up signs after emerging from his rocket plane.
SpaceShipOne had a large supporting cast for the main show: For takeoff, the rocket plane was nestled beneath its alien-looking White Knight carrier airplane, another of Burt Rutan's creations.
Monday’s test flight represented a step toward winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize, which would be awarded to the first team to send a spaceship carrying a pilot and the weight of two passengers to an altitude of 100 kilometers twice within two weeks.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/5261571   (1573 words)

 Worldandnation: A streak closer to space
SpaceShipOne lands a $10-million prize with two historic flights reaching 62 miles high and pushes the possibility of private spaceflight closer to reality.
SpaceShipOne's effort has drawn high-level attention from the U.S. government and comes at a time when others are preparing for space tourism.
Binnie, a graduate of the Navy test pilot school, was at the controls when SpaceShipOne broke the sound barrier for the first time on a December test flight, which was marred when the craft hit the runway hard upon landing and veered into the brush, where a landing gear collapsed.
www.sptimes.com /2004/10/05/Worldandnation/A_streak_closer_to_sp.shtml   (868 words)

 USATODAY.com - SpaceShipOne makes third rocket-powered flight   (Site not responding. Last check: )
SpaceShipOne's builders are expected to release specific flight data regarding today's test flight as soon as they analyze the mission.
The step-by-step SpaceShipOne missions are keyed to winning the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million purse offered by the X Prize Foundation of St. Louis, Missouri.
Adds Aleta Jackson, an XCOR Aerospace executive: "We look forward to flying our licensed spacecraft from the Mojave Spaceport." The town of Mojave —; as well as the County of Kern —; plan to help support the spaceport, such as designating land use that is compatible with an active spaceport, she said.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2004-05-13-spaceshipone-third-flight_x.htm   (954 words)

 collectSPACE - news - "Full Coverage: SpaceShipOne lands at the Smithsonian"
Before being hung at the museum, SpaceShipOne was restored to appear as it did after its first spaceflight, sans X Prize markings but with recreated damage similar to what it sustained in June 2004.
With the installation of SpaceShipOne, the museum is introducing a new style of kiosk in the Milestones gallery, allowing visitors to view video footage of the vehicle in flight, explore its historical context, hear from its sponsor, designer and pilots, and study its cockpit via seamless 360-degree, high-resolution photography.
SpaceShipOne is the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 62 miles twice within a period of 14 days, a feat that captured the $10 million Ansari X-Prize, designed to encourage development of space tourism.
www.collectspace.com /news/news-031005a.html   (1107 words)

 SPACE.com -- SpaceShipOne: Soaring Toward Tomorrow
ET: The White Knight mothership with SpaceShipOne attached is rolling past the crowd on taxi to the runway.
SpaceShipOne, a privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June 21 on a mission to become the worlds first commercial manned space vehicle, it's builders announced today.
As SpaceShipOne shot through the sound barrier December 17 it was also confirmed that investor Paul Allen is the sponsor behind the project.
www.space.com /missionlaunches/sso_rutan_archive.html   (1406 words)

 Spaceflight Now | SpaceShipOne News | Private spacecraft ready for historic flight
SpaceShipOne's pilot will also become the first civilian pilot to ever cross the boundary of space in a completely privately funded vehicle.
On the eve of its historic flight, SpaceShipOne sat in its hangar at the Mojave airport, a sprawling civilian test center in the California high desert where scores of aging jet airliners sit parked in long, lonely rows.
SpaceShipOne's re-entry profile is a significant Rutan innovation and a sharp departure from the design philosophy that produced the X-15 and even the space shuttle.
spaceflightnow.com /ss1/040620preview.html   (2453 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Private craft makes space history
SpaceShipOne has rocketed into the history books to become the first private manned spacecraft to fly to the edge of space and back.
Mr Rutan confirmed in a press conference that it was not a "perfect flight", and that his team would be assessing data and addressing some "anomalies" that had occurred.
SpaceShipOne's rocket motor, which was custom-built by SpaceDev of San Diego, burns a solid rubber propellant with liquid nitrous oxide - a liquid version of "laughing gas".
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/science/nature/3811881.stm   (906 words)

 SPACE.com -- SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million Ansari X Prize in Historic 2nd Trip to Space
Pilot Brian Binnie waves from a porthole as SpaceShipOne is carried underneath the White Knight aircraft as it taxis to takeoff in its quest to win the Ansari X Prize at Mojave, Calif., Airport, Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.
SpaceShipOne was under the control of a single pilot in both flights, but it was weighted as if two additional people were aboard.
Brian Feeney, who leads a rival X Prize effort called the da Vinci group, wished the SpaceShipOne team well this morning just prior to the flight, and he vowed not to stop his own effort.
www.space.com /missionlaunches/xprize2_success_041004.html   (1296 words)

 Astronomy - SpaceShipOne: One down, one to go - Bill McCoy
On June 21, SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded manned spacecraft to reach suborbital space when it climbed to an altitude of 328,000 feet (100 kilometers).
The prize is to be awarded to the first privately funded piloted spaceship able to loft the equivalent weight of three people to an altitude of 62 miles (100 km) — and do so twice in two weeks.
SpaceShipOne was developed by the American Mojave Aerospace Ventures team, which is led by aviation legend Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and financed by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen.
www.astronomy.com /asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=2501   (1066 words)

 FOXNews.com - SpaceShipOne Reaches Space Again, Lands - U.S. & World
SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan (search) said controllers had asked Melvill to shut the engine down early because of the rolling problem, but Melvill kept going until he was certain he would reach the target altitude.
SpaceShipOne was flying with a pilot and the equivalent weight of two passengers aboard in accordance with rules requiring X Prize contenders to be capable of carrying three people on a suborbital hop into space.
The Ansari X Prize was modeled after the $25,000 Orteig Prize that Charles Lindbergh (search) won in his Spirit of St. Louis for the first solo New York-to-Paris flight across the Atlantic in 1927.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,133931,00.html   (1121 words)

 CNN.com - SpaceShipOne rocket engine gets boost - Sep 13, 2004
SpaceShipOne's engine has been modified to carry more propellant and burn longer than in previous flights, Benson said, adding that the engine has been enhanced to perform 20 percent beyond original requirements.
SpaceShipOne is currently slated to make two manned flights, the first set for September 29, with its modified engine.
Benson said that during each SpaceShipOne engine burn, there is a point where its fuel oxidizer tank switches from using liquid nitrous oxide to a gaseous form, which produces a dramatic drop in thrust.
edition.cnn.com /2004/TECH/space/09/13/ss1.rocket/index.html   (564 words)

 SpaceShipOne claims X-Prize | The Register
Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne appears to have today claimed the $10m Ansari X-Prize as the first private space vehicle to successfully make two trips to above 100km within a two-week window.
SpaceShipOne is the brainchild of aviation pioneer Burt Rutan and was constructed by the Paul Allen-funded Scaled Composites.
The news of SpaceShipOne's success will be welcomed by all those would-be astronauts prepared to shell out substantial sums for the trip of a lifetime.
www.theregister.co.uk /2004/10/04/spaceshipone_claims_x_prize   (367 words)

 Astronomy - And the winner is … SpaceShipOne - Bill McCoy
On June 21, SpaceShipOne became the first privately funded manned spacecraft to reach suborbital space, climbing to an altitude of 328,000 feet (62 miles, or 100 kilometers) and making pilot Mike Melvill the first commercial astronaut.
David McNeely and Mike Veno, both of SpaceDev, the company that developed the spacecraft's rocket, stood together with their colleagues, waving signs reading "Powered by SpaceDev." "I was standing next to Mike, who was on his radio, listening to the control room from the VIP section," recalled McNeely.
SpaceShipOne's successful flights did more than win $10 million — they proved to the world that space is open for all humanity.
www.astronomy.com /asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=2513   (1125 words)

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