Spaceship One won the contest today. Ten million dollars worth of contest.
The Chicago SunTimes puts it succinctly:
"To win the prize, a spacecraft capable of carrying three people had to make two flights to an altitude just over 62 miles within two weeks."
Oh, and it had to be a private spacecraft. Governments need not apply.
So today was the second flight. And today was also... the anniversary of the first Sputnik launch. So what I want to know is... was this a coincidence or clever timing?
Rhyme of the Day:
In the interest of rhyming,
I vote for clever timing.
By the way, I see where the US government is thinking of issuing safety regulations for the joyriders who might want to pay 200,000 US dollars for the trip of a lifetime. Please. Safety Bureacrats begone. Let's see, if I put 200 dollars in my piggy bank everyday for the next thousand days...