Burt Rutan's vision of private spaceflight rockets beyond the X Prize.
By Bill SweetmanPosted 10.27.2004 at 3:00 pm 0 Comments
On June 21, Burt Rutan's innovative manned rocket, SpaceShipOne, touched down in the Mojave Desert after a historic trip into suborbital space. Pilot Mike Melvill flew the rocket to 328,491 feet, just barely punching out of the atmosphere. After touchdown, as the craft was being towed before a crowd of 27,000 spectators, newly crowned astronaut Melvill sat astride his spaceship holding a sign that read "SpaceShipOne, GovernmentZero."
If the flight does indeed mark the beginning of nongovernment-supported spaceflight, what comes next?