Scaled Composites, LLC is an aerospace and specialty composites
development company located in Mojave, California (about 80 miles
north of Los Angeles). Founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan, Scaled has
broad experience in air vehicle design, tooling, manufacturing,
specialty composite structure design, analysis, fabrication and
developmental flight test.
Flight Data Recorder
Records pertinent technical information about a flight. An FDR
will record information about the performance of various aircraft
systems, as well as the aircraft's speed, altitude, heading and
other flight parameters.
"Cheered down the runway by onlookers, the White Knight
turbojet launch aircraft took off at 647 a.m. PST, carrying
SpaceShipOne under its fuselage to an altitude of 47,000 feet. At
750 a.m. PST, flight engineer Matt Stinemetz released the spaceship
and test pilot Mike Melville immediately fired the hybrid rocket
motor. The rocket burn lasted for 76 seconds rocketing the vehicle
to more than 2.9 Mach or 2150 miles an hour. At motor burn out,
SpaceShipOne was at 180,000 feet and from there coasted the rest of
the way into space reaching an apogee of 328,491
Source: From the June 21st, 2004 Mission
Summary of the First Sub-Orbital Flight of SpaceShipOne -- five
years ago today.