Entrepreneurs rally for new space age

It was no accident that aircraft designer Burt Rutan chose to make history on the anniversary of Sputnik.

The prize-winning flight of SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded human space flight on 4 October, 2004, may prove to have as great an impact as the little metal sphere the Soviets launched 50 years ago that heralded the dawn of the space age.

Like Sputnik, which provided a powerful demonstration that travelling in space was actually possible, SpaceShipOne’s journey beyond the atmosphere broke a mindset.

The captivating machine, which now hangs in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, showed that space was not only the domain and business of governments. Private people could get there, too.

Source:  BBC News

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