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MANNED SPACESHIP BREAKS THE SOUND BARRIER IN QUEST FOR SPACE

On the one-hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight, SpaceShipOne broke the sound barrier. It piggy-backed on another ship, the White Knight, to 48,000 feet, then climbed to 68,000 ft on its own propulsion. You may be saying, "This has been done before," but this is a first for commerical, non-government funded, super-sonic flight. Xprize.org has a US$10 million prize outstanding for the first commercial flight into space. To win the prize, a non-government flight agency must build a spacecraft that can deliver 3 humans to an alitude of 100 Km, return them safely to Earth, then repeat the same flight within two weeks. With SpaceShipOne's successful flight, Scaled Composites, the manufacturer of the craft, have moved one step closer to claiming the prize.

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