Mojave Marks 10th Anniversary of First SpaceShipOne Powered Flight

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brian_binnieTen years ago, SpaceShipOne flew under power for the first time, breaking the sound barrier in the skies over Mojave and commencing a successful series of flights that culminated in the winning of the $10 million Ansari X Prize.

Scaled Composites chose Dec. 17, 2003 — the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers historic first powered flight — to light the candle on their suborbital space plane. Pilot Brian Binnie flew SpaceShipOne to a speed of Mach 1.2 and an altitude of 20.67 km.

On Saturday, Binnie will recount that historic day in a talk at the monthly Plane Crazy Saturday event at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the board meeting room of the airport’s administration building. Seats are on a first-come, first serve basis.