Spaceshipone wins the Ansari X Prize
Woohoo! SpaceShipOne just won the Ansari X Prize by completing a trip to the edge of space twice within five days. The X Prize was offered to the first private organisation to reach the edge of space twice within fourteen days, so Scaled Composite, makers of the winning space ship, stayed well within the limits.
A mixed bag of responses trailed the news at Slashdot, because some mistakenly thought that going orbital will be for the grasping any day know for private enterprise, and others downplayed the achievement, because the US airforce managed to do the same in the 1960. However, the US airforce abandoned HTOL space faring for vertically launching, expendable rockets; whereas the accomplishment of Burt Rutan and his team may mark the start of smarter and cheaper space travel.