SpaceShipOne Model Rocket

January 4, 2017

We are excited to have a SpaceShipOne model rocket and look forward to launching it at a STEM event in the near future as a continuation to our successful SpaceShipOne paper airplane event.

SS1 Paper Airplanes:

SS1 Model Rocket:

SpaceShipOne was the first manned non-government spacecraft.  Both SpaceShipOne and its carrier ship White Knight , were designed, manufactured and flown by Mojave Aerospace Ventures.  This was a joint venture between Paul Allen and Scaled Composites.  SpaceShipOne and White Knight were developed to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize.

The objectives of the contest were to be the first team to launch a piloted spacecraft:

  • carrying at least three crewmembers (or one human pilot and payload equivalent of two more);
  • to an altitude of at least 100 km;
  • repeat the flight using the same spacecraft within two weeks with no more than 10% of the vehicle’s non-propellant mass replaced between the flights (to demonstrate economic reusability).

On Monday, October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne claimed the Ansari X prize.