Saturday, October 04, 2014

Today is the 10th anniversary of Spaceship One winning the Ansari X-Prize

It's hard to believe that it's been a decade since Spaceship One completed its second qualifying sub-orbital flight to win the $10 million X-Prize. Spaceship One now holds a place of honor in the National Air and Space Museum alongside the Bell X-1 and the X-15.
The anniversary was commemorated in Mojave,Ca. Guests included:
Anousheh Ansari: first female private space explorer, and benefactor of Ansari XPRIZE for Suborbital Spaceflight
Chuck Beames: Executive Director of Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch
Brian Binnie: SpaceShipOne’s Test Pilot for the award winning flight
Richard Branson: Founder of Virgin Group with Virgin Galactic’s revolutionary SpaceShipTwo (VSS Enterprise)
Mike Melvill: SpaceShipOne’s Test Pilot for the first record breaking flight
Burt Rutan: Visionary Aerospace Engineer of SpaceShipOne

Below is a video of the webcast of the celebration.