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  1. WILLIAM H

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    Paul Allen & Space Development Corp will launch their first attempt for the X prixe Sept 29 with the 2nd flight in the 1st week of Oct.

    To date their Space Ship One is the first privately funded,designed & privately owned aircraft to break the sound barrier, as well as reaching over 62 miles in altitude

    To win the X Prize they must fly over 62 miles twice within a set period of time, 2 weeks I think, w 3 people on board

    Paul & SPDV are already thinking beyond the SS1. They are designing a real spacecraft that can reach the International Space Station, it will be a 21st C space shuttle a lot cheaper & better than NASA's 1970s version. This new spacecraft is to be called the DREAM CHASER
     
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    I think they'll do it, they'll win the X Prize.
     
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    Maybe Micorsoft will take over NASA :)
     
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    That might not be a good idea..... a quarter of the time I launch a program in Windows it crashes ;)
     
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    Whats the X prize?
     
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    http://www.xprize.com

    Its simialir to the prize that Chalres Lindberg won when he was the first man to fly solo from the US to Paris

    The X prize is a $10M prize for the 1st team to build a spacecraft w private funds and take 3 people at least 62.5 miles into the atmosphere, Thats considered to be the edge of space, and do it twice within 2 weeks

    Paul Allen (Micorsoft), Burt Rutan & Space Development are currently the team with the best chance of winning.
     
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    This looks interesting. Thanks William for clearing it all out for me...
     

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