Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne flew again
on Thursday, this time reaching an altitude of 212,000 feet in its
third powered flight test to date.
"This flight marks an additional milestone for Paul G. Allen,
Burt Rutan and the innovative aerospace design team in their
ongoing efforts to complete the first non-government manned space
flight. The test is part of Scaled Composites' Tier One program,
funded by Allen, Microsoft co-founder and CEO of Vulcan Inc.," said
a statement to ANN from Rutan's company, Scaled Composites. "The
SpaceShipOne team will announce the results of this test flight
once it has completed an analysis of the data. The future's looking
up ... way up!"
Scaled is vying for the newly-renamed Ansari X-Prize, a $10
million reward for being the first company to fly three people 60
miles into suborbital space. Twenty-seven teams are competing for