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Read more hereThe privately-built rocket plane SpaceShipOne is primped, primed and ready to attempt its first of two suborbital space shots this week which would secure the $10 million Ansari X Prize.The purse is an incentive that could jumpstart the space tourism industry through competition among rocket builders and entrepreneurs around the globe. If technology and the climes of the Mojave, California desert are in harmony on Wednesday, Sept. 29, SpaceShipOne -- attached to its carrier airplane, the White Knight -- will depart the Mojave Airport and Civilian Aerospace Test Center and head skyward to the applause of an expected throng of onlookers.Once dropped at high-altitude from the White Knight, the piloted rocket plane is to climb to the edge of space. Doing so and coming down in one piece would then lead to an attempted repeat performance -- another flight within a two-week period. That second launch attempt could occur, at the earliest, on Oct. 4, but the launch window extends through Oct. 13.The rulesThere are Ansari X Prize rules to abide by if SpaceShipOne and its builder, Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, are to claim the $10 million cash prize. To snag the prize, a registered contestant must:Privately finance, build and launch a spaceship, able to carry three people to 62.5 miles (100 kilometers) Return safely to Earth Repeat the launch with the same ship within two weeks The competition follows in the footsteps of more than 100 aviation incentive prizes offered between 1905 and 1935
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Stage one a success!!!www.usatoday.com/tech/sci...sari_x.htmIf the second attempt is successful on Oct 4, the winner will be space ship one!Exciting!Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.I came to get down, I came to get down. So get out ya seat and jump around - House of PainHEY! Is that a ball in your court? - Mr. P
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Stage two complete www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/spa...index.htmlI better start saving up so I can take a tour of space!
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Pretty exciting stuff! Does anyone think this will usher in a new era in space exploration. Not a revolutionary, quick paced effort, but at least an attempt at reaching long standing goals of NASA...Mars and more moon exploration? Or is this just a farce?Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.I came to get down, I came to get down. So get out ya seat and jump around - House of PainHEY! Is that a ball in your court? - Mr. P
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I'm hoping it's not a farce. I think it's an important stepping stone to the exploration and exploitation of space. This isn't a very big step, but at least it is A step. I'll be much more excited when private rockets actually escape earth's gravity. In Vino Veritas
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Someone likened it to the Wright brothers...but I dont think that quite fits...but I can see the point. This has the potential to spur private endeavors. Cutting out the government's red tape and bullcrap definitly has potential to get us into space, which I think is very important to our future on many levels.Mr. P. The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.I came to get down, I came to get down. So get out ya seat and jump around - House of PainHEY! Is that a ball in your court? - Mr. P
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Indeed Nick! I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm also eagerly awaiting space elevator tech. Carbon nanotubes are the biggest hurdle to its implementation. Getting into earths orbit is 90% of the challenge to exploring our solar system. In Vino Veritas
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