Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Shindig Set for Mojave

SpaceShipOne lands after its historic spaceflight on June 21, 2004. (Credit: Ian Kluft)
SpaceShipOne lands after its historic spaceflight on June 21, 2004. (Credit: Ian Kluft)

Burt Rutan, Paul Allen and Richard Branson are among those who will gather at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Oct. 4 to mark the 10th anniversary of SpaceShipOne winning the $10 million Anari X Prize, Parabolic Arc has learned.

X Prize Foundation Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis will preside over the invitation-only event, which is expected to draw hundreds of guests. The foundation sponsored the prize for the first privately-funded vehicle to fly into space twice in two weeks.

Scaled Composites test pilots Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie teamed to win the Ansari X Prize. Melvill flew the first flight on Sept. 29, 2004, with Binnie flying the second mission on Oct. 4.

Rutan designed SpaceShipOne, which was funded by Allen. Branson subsequently licensed the technology for his Virgin Galactic company. The company has paid Rutan’s Scaled Composites to develop the SpaceShipTwo suborbital tourism vehicle.

The X Prize Foundation has invited the first 100 Virgin Galactic ticket holders who are set to fly aboard SpaceShipTwo to the celebration. This group is collectively known as the founders.

The celebration is to include a luncheon. Virgin Galactic will have a private event for its founders in the evening.