World's First Private Spacecraft Launches June 21
A privately-developed rocket plane will launch into history on June 21 on a mission to become the world's first commercial manned space vehicle.Further details are available from Scaled Composites, builders of SpaceShipOne.
The pilot of the craft, still to be announced, will become the first person to earn astronaut wings in a non-government sponsored vehicle, and the first private civilian to fly a spaceship out of the atmosphere.
That's the word today from Scaled Composites in the Mojave, California desert -- designer and builder of SpaceShipOne. The announcement is the first time the group has pre-announced a high-altitude run of its piloted rocketship.
Investor and philanthropist Paul Allen and aviation technologist Burt Rutan have teamed to create the program, which will attempt the first non-governmental flight to leave the Earth's atmosphere.