SpaceShipOne Makes It To Space
from the congrats dept
We wanted to avoid all the hype surrounding the launch of SpaceShipOne until there was some actual news about it, rather than hundreds of stories about how it would probably be touching space today. The news has come back, however, that SpaceShipOne has successfully broken the space barrier with the first ever "private-sector astronaut." While this won't qualify for the X-Prize (there need to be 3 people on board), it certainly does suggest it won't be long before the SpaceShipOne team can really go for it. As the article makes abundantly clear, this represents quite a step forward in the concept of private space travel. The real issue, though, is how far private space travel will get before there's a major accident (which unfortunately will happen) -- and how that will impact the overall industry.