Test pilot, Brian Binnie flew SpaceShipOne to win the Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space on October 4, 2004.
SpaceShip One is now on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.
With the success of Tier One meeting its project goals, a successor project started in 2004 was Tier 1b. The successor ship names SpaceShipTwo and White Knight Two. The name of the joint venture between Virgin Group and Scaled Composites is called The Spaceship Company, with a goal of carrying passengers under the name Virgin Galactic spaceliner with an initial target of a commercial fleet of five spacecraft.
Want a ride? Be prepared to fork out $200,000.
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