We're all going on a starry holiday

October 2004
Engineer (00137758);10/8/2004, Vol. 293 Issue 7661, p6
This article reports that the SpaceShipOne went into space for the second time in two weeks on Monday, the first privately manned spacecraft to do so, and secured the $10m Ansari X-prize. The spacecraft was taken to 50,000ft by its mother ship. White Knight, where it was released. At this point pilot Brian Binnie ignited SpaceShipOne's rocket and the craft climbed to 111 km-- well into space--before returning to Earth. This followed its space flight last week, piloted by Mike Melville, when it reached 103km. SpaceShipOne's thrust is provided by nitrous oxide and rubber. A fuel tank 6ft in diameter at the centre of the craft holds liquid nitrous oxide, with a hollow tube leading from the tank to the engine nozzle, filled with solid rubber.


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