Private spacecraft makes historic launch: SpaceShipOne is in the air as I write this, trying to become the first private, manned vehicle in space. I wish them every success toward this goal.
Thousands gathered in the Mojave Desert to watch the launch of SpaceShipOne, the first private manned space flight. […]
Michael Melvill, 62, a veteran test pilot, becomes the first civilian flier to earn his astronaut’s wings aboard a privately financed spacecraft.
The rocket plane designed by Burt Rutan and built by his firm Scaled Composites is taking its 15th test flight — its farthest and fastest to date.