The SpaceShipOne rocket plane is filled up with mementos, fueled up and ready for the first of a pair of space missions that could reap a $10 million prize. The craft is to be piloted by Mike Melvill, who was at the controls for SpaceShipOne's first journey to the edge of space in June.
The flight plan calls for SpaceShipOne to be carried underneath its White Knight carrier airplane for takeoff from the Mojave Airport at 6:47 a.m. PT (9:47 a.m. ET) today.
SpaceShipOne safely landed in California's Mojave Desert today, after a brief, wild ride to suborbital space. The craft rolled more than 30 times shortly after the rockets fired, but pilot Mike Melvill shut off the engines and kept going up. Radar showed the flight reached 358,000 feet ** well above the 62.5 miles needed for the $10 million X Prize.