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In April of 2003, a company called Scaled Composites lifted the veil of secrecy from a longtime research program and introduced SpaceShipOne to the world. And the age of commercial space travel took off ...like a rocket. This book chronicles the development of the world's first commercial manned space program - a program that includes an airborne launcher (the White Knight), a space ship (SpaceShipOne), rocket propulsion, avionics, simulator, and full ground support. With ample illustrations, photographs, and behind-the-scenes information, "SpaceShipOne" provides a full picture of this classified project - from the conception and design to the deals that brought together Scaled Composites' Burt Rotan and Virgin Airlines' Sir Richard Branson to the plans for building a fleet of commercial suborbital spaceships and launch aircraft.
In 2004, Dan Linehan attended the launch of SpaceShipOne when it captured the X Prize. He has written numerous articles about aviation and space for periodicals like Pacific Flyer and In Flight USA. Linehan was the editor and principle feature writer for the California International Air show's event program in 2003-2005. He has a background in physics and engineering. Dan Linehan lives in Monterey, California