Spaceship One Flight Away From Prize

Private space ship to make a second launch

SpaceShipOne hopes to go two for two. The spacecraft is scheduled for launch early tomorrow from California. At stake is a tenmillion-dollar prize being offered for the first privately developed manned rocket to reach space twice within 14 days. SpaceShipOne needs to go up at least 62 miles, as it did last Wednesday. Pilot Michael Melvill flew a perfect trajectory to an altitude of nearly 64 miles, but the ship began rolling as it neared space. Melvill says he doesn't think he made a mistake, and the ship's designer has said he didn't think the roll was serious.

The prize competition was launched in 1996 to spark private sector work on rocket ships that would make spaceflight available to the public.