Brian Binnie to Release Inside Account of SpaceShipOne Program

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Test pilot Brian Binnie’s long-planned insider account of the SpaceShipOne program seems to be finally coming together.

The book, titled “The Magic and Menace of SpaceShipOne,” recounts how Burt Rutan and a small team at Scaled Composites won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004.

SpaceShipOne won the prize for being the first privately-built crewed spaceship to fly to space twice within two weeks.

Binnie was the pilot for the second of two prize-winning flights on Oct. 4, 2004. Mike Melvill flew the first prize flight five days earlier.

For more information about the book, visit https://brianbinnie.net/.