SpaceShipOne half way to the X-Prize
SpaceShipOne reached outer space for the second time this morning, in the first officially recorded flight of two required to win the Ansari X Prize.
Another pilot with two big brass ones. Hat's off to Mike Melville.
SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan said controllers had asked [astronaut Michael] Melvill to shut the engine down early because of [a] rolling problem, but Melvill kept going until he was certain he would reach the target altitude.
There's some background information on this on one of my pre-blog web pages. Click here.