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October 01, 2004

X Prize: Behind The Fence

On the big screen TV that shows the image of SpaceShipOne as seen from the long-range cameras at Edwards AFB, the steady arrowhead with its straight white vapor trail suddenly turns into a rapidly rolling corkscrew. Most of the spectators simply accept the image as normal, but a few in the crowd, those acquainted with high speed- high altitude flight realize that something is very wrong. There is the sudden awareness that the carnival atmosphere on the ground at Mojave could now turn into something far more serious.

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Aero-News Exclusive: SpaceShipOne 'GO' For Second X Prize Attempt!

Monday Is The Day

1701 PDT, 09.30.04: ANN, the official news pool service representing the X Prize organization, has just learned that SpaceShipOne has been released for launch this Monday, in the final qualifying flight needed to win the $10 Million dollar Ansari X Prize. X Prize Boss Peter Diamandis talked to ANN's Jim Campbell, within minutes of an official discussion with Burt Rutan, confirming that Rutan voiced a "95% confidence" in the schedule for the breathlessly anticipated second launch attempt.

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