Rocket Wins $10M Prize for Trip to Space

@ 2004/10/04
The rocket plane, funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, took off from a desert runway slung to the belly of a carrier plane. It was released at about 46,000 feet, and test pilot Brian Binnie fired its rockets to continue to the edge of space at three times the speed of sound.

Mojave, CA: At 8:13 this morning PDT, SpaceShipOne (SS1) coasted above the 100 km altitude point and successfully completed the first of two X-Prize flights. The peak altitude reached was 337,500 ft.

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