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  • Passenger-Carrying Spaceship Makes Desert Debut

    04/18/2003 1:45:40 PM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 55 replies · 519+ views ^ | 04/18/03 |
      Passenger-Carrying Spaceship Makes Desert DebutBy Leonard DavidSenior Space Writerposted: 02:00 pm ET18 April 2003  The wraps are coming off what is billed as the "First Private Manned Space Program" and a new, never-seen spaceship.Aggressive work on a passenger-carrying sub-orbital craft has been active and hidden from public view for two years. Labeled as the SpaceShipOne Project, the unveiling comes courtesy of Scaled Composites, Inc. -- highly regarded as a leader in innovative aircraft development -- and based in the Mojave, California desert, about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.Noted design wizard, Burt Rutan, is lead maverick of the...