X Prize Award Closer

Burt Rutan, developer of the Voyager, the first airplane to make a nonstop circumglobal flight without refuelling, has nearly finished development on a rocket plane similar to NASA’s abandoned X-15 program that he hopes will take the $10m X Prize for the first privately-funded manned space flight.

It sure looks interesting, and if they can do it successfully, who knows - maybe space tourism isn’t as far away as we once thought. Get it down to a few thousand per person per ride and I’d definitely start saving up.

posted by Chris on 19 April 2003 at 1600 in sci-tech


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