SpaceShipOne X Prize Milestone Marked With Tears ... and Cake!

October 5, 2014 1:51 AM

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SpaceShipOne X Prize Milestone Marked With Tears ... and Cake!

"It wasn't an accomplishment of building a spaceship," SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan said during a panel discussion that was presented in front of an invited audience and live-streamed as a Google Hangout. "It was an accomplishment of building a manned space program."

Rutan's concept lives on in SpaceShipTwo, the scaled-up space plane that he designed for Virgin Galactic before his retirement in 2011. That craft is now going through flight tests in preparation for taking customers on suborbital spaceflights, with the current ticket price set at $250,000.

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