10th Anniversary of First Ansari X Prize Flight

Ten years ago today, Mike Melvill made the first of two suborbital flights aboard SpaceShipOne required to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. It was a wild flight as the vehicle got into a rapid roll on its way to space.

Brian Binnie made the second suborbital flight on Oct. 4, 2004, to win the Ansari X Prize. The requirement was to make two flights into space within two weeks.

  • therealdmt

    Wow, awesome video – thanks for posting that!

    I’d forgotten all about that roll and then the pitch oscillations. Very dramatic and historic, yet one can clearly see that this was not ready for consumers at that time. An exciting time though, for absolutely sure.