December 18, 2003

SpaceShipOne Breaks Sound Barrier

Yesterday, on the centennial of the Wright Brothers' first successful powered manned flight (and landing!), this airplane system made history. But you couldn't tell from the "professional" media coverage.

Professor Hall has a good recap of the event and the [lack of competent] media coverage. In his assessment (and mine) the Washington Post did the best.

Congratulations to Burt Rutan and the teams at Scaled Composites and SpaceDev[*].

[*]Full disclosure -- I own a few hundred shares of SpaceDev stock, the first hundred of which I purchased several years ago when their core mission was to land on and claim ownership an asteroid.

Update: Here's a nice picture; wish there were a little more detail, but still breathtaking.

Update: And here's a video (via Jerry Pournelle).

Posted by JohnL at December 18, 2003 09:41 PM
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