by Aero-News Senior Correspondent Kevin R.C. O'Brien
While the focus and certainly the glamour is all on manned
spaceflight this week, a new vendor was displaying its wares, and
reminding us that there remains a robust market for sounding
rockets that can fly small payloads into suborbital space.
Two Test Pilots Talk About Their Flights And Their
It has been just over one year since the privately-funded
SpaceShipOne flew into space, twice within five days, to claim the
Ansari X-Prize. With that in mind, we felt it would be an
appropriate time to revisit one of our inaugural Aero-Cast
features: our coverage of a presentation from this year's
AirVenture 2005, featuring former X-15 pilot Scott Crossfield --
the first man to fly a winged vehicle into suborbital space
-- and Mike Melvill, pilot of SpaceShipOne's first flight into
space, as well as the first of the two X-Prize-winning flights.