MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo made its first powered flight Monday, breaking the sound barrier in a test over the Mojave Deser...
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As we break through 190 mph in the McLaren, a kind of tunnel vision takes over. You stare so intently at the runway ahead that nothing registers peripherally but a background blur.
The most important legacy and meaning of the Ansari X PRIZE on its five year anniversary lies in the fact that the event kicked off a new industry.
Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have rolled out SpaceShipTwo, a new commercial spaceship that will be flown by two pilots with seats for six paying passengers.
It was almost possible to forget that I was still driving this spaceship and would have the challenge of bringing it back down to earth.
We had been looking for possibilities to go to space and perhaps find a way for others like us with to be able to do it as well. While some options existed, they lacked credibility.
We anticipate that approximately 600 people will go to space in the first year that SpaceShipTwo begins space tours. That's essentially the total number of people who have ever gone to space.
Since the age of 6, I've always wanted to go to space. So, I studied medicine -- thinking that was my path to orbit, but alas, NASA didn't agree, so I had to find another plan -- a plan that led to the founding of the first X PRIZE.
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