Just to let you all know that we have just received confirmation from several TV and radio sources that SpaceShipOne has succeeded in its mission to become the first privately constructed and operated craft to reach space.
The craft was flown by Mike Melvill, vice president and chief test pilot for Scaled Composites, the builders of SpaceShipOne.
Just for those who might find it interesting, Mike has 19 years of experience as a test pilot and is now 62 years of age. He is also a native of South Africa, but has been living in the United States for the last 25 years.
Anybody want to support me in nominating Mike for one of these "great South African" awards? He's certainly earned it, along with his astronaut wings.
Congratulations Mike and thank goodness for your safe return to earth after a flawless flight. Now we can all go too. [:D]
Information on Scaled Composites and SpaceShipOne is at http://www.scaled.com/
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