First X-Prize Flight a Success for SpaceShipOne

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SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill stands atop his craft after making the first of two planned flights into sub-orbital space. Jason DeFillippo for NPR hide caption

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SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill stands atop his craft after making the first of two flights

SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill stands atop his craft after making the first of two planned flights into sub-orbital space.

Jason DeFillippo for NPR

Are we witnessing the birth of a commercial space flight industry? Day to Day technology contributor Xeni Jardin reports on Wednesday's launch of SpaceShipOne. The craft is the top competitor in the race for the Ansari X-prize, a global competition to build the first viable commercial spaceship. The winning team is set to receive a $10-million award.

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