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Congrats to Scaled Composites!
SpaceShipOne is back on the ground safely, and it sounds like they hit 100km. Mike Melvill is an astronaut.

I am so stoked.

I am: excited excited
Current Media: CNN

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chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: June 21st, 2004 08:33 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
This is part of a contest, right? So they have to do two more flights?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 21st, 2004 09:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Rutan said this flight doesn't count, but he'll be going after the X-Prize soon. For the X-Prize you have to carry three people, or at least one person and ballast to simulate to others. And you have to do it twice in two weeks.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: June 21st, 2004 11:39 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah. Coolness.
kadath From: kadath Date: June 21st, 2004 09:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Awesome.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: June 21st, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Call me fussy, call me naïve, but I really, really wish the first private spacecraft didn't have such a stupid markety name. If we ever do encounter an alien civilization and start comparing notes on our early space exploration efforts, I'm going to feel acute embarrassment.
arconius From: arconius Date: June 21st, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

w00t!

I say again: w00t!
earthdog From: earthdog Date: June 22nd, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I am not really impressed unless they go into orbit.
From: kensuke_aida Date: June 22nd, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What's really amusing is that right after he did it, the FAA wet their pens and starting drawing up guidelines for an "Astronaut" certificate rating.

Which goes to show that wherever their is progress, bureaucracy is about two steps behind.

And NASA is probably furious, since this is another step towards the commercialization of space.

- John
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