History Of Scaled Composites Spaceshipone


The SpaceShipOne was designed by Burt Rutan, an aviation legend. His research team at the Scaled Composites aerospace company built it and it was Paul G. Allen who funded it.

Mike Melvill piloted the Spaceship One to an altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles). The Spaceship One has reached a record breaking elevation of 328,491 feet under the control of examination pilot Mike Melvill. Making Melvill the best civil to fly a spaceship out of the atmosphere and the first private pilot to gain astronaut wings.

The Spaceship One has reached space through the support of a carrier aircraft, the White Knight. The aircraft lifts Spaceship One from the runway. Then after an hour of climbing to roughly 50,000 feet elevation, the White Knight releases the spaceship into a glide. The spaceship pilot fires his rocket machine for about 80 seconds, reaching Mach 3 in a vertical rise. During the pull-up and rise, the pilot encounters G-forces three to four times the seriousness of the ground.

SpaceShip One coasts up to its final altitude of 100 kilometer before falling back to earth. The pilot configures the craft's wing and tail into high-drag settings. This provides a "care-free" atmospheric entrance by slowing the spaceship in the upper air and automatically aligning it along the flying route. Upon re-entry, the pilot reconfigures the ship back to its original glider, and then spends 15 to 20 minutes gliding back to earth, touching down like a plane on the same runway from which he took away.

On 27 July 2004, Burt Rutan, chief of the Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites gave a 60 day notice that SpaceShip One will be making an effort to acquire the Ansari X-Prize contest on September 29 from the Mojave Spaceport. This first flight to attempt to win the X-Prize competition was piloted by Mike Melvil and was successful. The accomplishment was repeated no later than October 13.

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By: Anthony Reynolds