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Gulcrapek
March 15th, 2004, 10:50 PM
http://www.xprize.org

In advanced stages and the winning entry is predicted to fly before the end of the year. I've been following this for about 2 years now, and I'm getting more excited as it goes along. We won't need to rely on NASA or the air force for everything now.

Freedom Tower
March 16th, 2004, 01:24 PM
http://www.xprize.org

In advanced stages and the winning entry is predicted to fly before the end of the year. I've been following this for about 2 years now, and I'm getting more excited as it goes along. We won't need to rely on NASA or the air force for everything now.

Do you mean to say the winning team will go INTO SPACE before 2004 is over?! I went to the site, did they pick a winner yet? That was not clear. It seems they haven't

The site says the winner of $10 million will win once they have gone into space, returned and done it again! With 3 people. I'm a little skeptical that "civilians" will accomplish this, but I sure hope it happens!

ZippyTheChimp
March 16th, 2004, 03:47 PM
Would you like to go?

We can start a fund.

Jasonik
March 16th, 2004, 04:01 PM
http://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/adc/education/space_ex/Chimp.jpg


Zippy, so nice of you to share. :wink:

Gulcrapek
March 16th, 2004, 04:35 PM
Aww.

FT, there are two teams that are pretty much on their way to fini9sh this year. The most advanced, Scaled Composites, has already flown their vehicle 6+ times, including manned and supersonic flights.

Gulcrapek
March 16th, 2004, 05:07 PM
Scaled's project:

SpaceShip One (big image)

http://www.xprize.org/images/gallery/scaled_ss1_lg.jpg

Carrier craft White Knig and SSO in flight

http://www.xprize.org/images/gallery/scaled_17_lg.jpg

SSO in free flight

http://www.xprize.org/images/gallery/scaled_21_lg.jpg

Landing

http://www.xprize.org/images/gallery/scaled_20_lg.jpg

(All images from xprize.org)

Freedom Tower
March 16th, 2004, 05:11 PM
Aww.

FT, there are two teams that are pretty much on their way to fini9sh this year. The most advanced, Scaled Composites, has already flown their vehicle 6+ times, including manned and supersonic flights.

Wow, that's amazing. It's a good thing like you said, because who knows when NASA will get back on track. Even with Bush's proposed trip to Mars there seems to be no progress as of this point.

Zippy, I'd be too afraid to go into space. But if you'd agree to give me some personal photos of the trip, I will be happy to contribute to the "Chimp in Space" fund. You know, they usually do send monkeys up first to make sure it is safe for us humans. :wink: :lol: Tell me where to wire the money, I have about $3 I can spare for now. :?

Freedom Tower
March 16th, 2004, 05:14 PM
Amazing pictures! Between the space vehicles, and the wind turbines on the ground in the first picture, there lots of good technology.

Which part of the vehicle would go into space? The blue or red part?

Gulcrapek
March 16th, 2004, 05:25 PM
Blue or red?

The SSO will go into/bordering space. The big plane thing (White Knight) carries it up a bit.

Freedom Tower
March 17th, 2004, 04:11 PM
Blue or red?

The SSO will go into/bordering space. The big plane thing (White Knight) carries it up a bit.

Haha, so its the blue :wink: The blue one is SSO and the red is the big plane thing.

Gulcrapek
March 18th, 2004, 05:11 PM
Private Space Plane Flies Again
By Leonard David
Senior Space Writer
posted: 04:30 pm ET
18 April 2004



SpaceShipOne, a privately-built, passenger-carrying suborbital space vehicle, has undergone another test flight.

On March 11, high over the Mojave Desert in California, the craft was released from the White Knight mothership, and then glided to a runway landing.


SpaceShipOne’s pilot was Pete Siebold. Objectives of the unpowered glide test included a check of pilot proficiency, as well as verifying the vehicle’s reaction control system. A key aspect of the glide flight was to assess handling of the rocket plane now outfitted with a thermal protection system.

According to Scaled Composites: "All systems performed as expected and the vehicle landed successfully while demonstrating the maximum cross wind landing capability."

Upcoming powered flight

The glide test -- involving a shakeout of thermal protection on the ship’s airframe -- appears to be a prelude to the second powered flight of SpaceShipOne.

SpaceShipOne’s first powered flight, making use of a hybrid rocket motor, took place on Dec. 17, 2003. In that test flight, the piloted rocket plane broke through the sound barrier on the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic flight over Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The rocket plane’s motor is called a "hybrid" because it is has characteristics that utilize features from both solid and liquid rocket motors.

Privately built by Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, the SpaceShipOne project is being led by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, who heads the company.

Vying for X Prize

Rutan and Scaled Composites engineers are in hot pursuit of the $10 million X Prize, a competition dedicated to accelerate suborbital passenger flight, as well as spur orbital voyages of private citizens in the future.

The company does not pre-announce flights or overtly publicize what next steps are slated in flying SpaceShipOne.

Last December it was revealed that multi-billionaire Paul Allen -- the co-founder of Microsoft -- is bankrolling the SpaceShipOne project.

Teams from around the world are vying for the X Prize. It will be awarded to the first team that privately finances, builds and launches a spaceship able to carry three people to 62.5 miles (100 kilometers) altitude, return safely to Earth, then repeat the feat within two weeks.


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Note: I think they meant March 18 ;)