SpaceDev also provided components for rocket motors used in the SpaceShipOne program, one of the first big successes of the early commercial spaceflight era.
In October 2004, SpaceShipOne made a landmark achievement with a pair of suborbital flights that earned it the $10 million Ansari X Prize for private space travel. That event also signaled the arrival of a new breed of aerospace moneymen--those who'd first made their mark in the tech industry. In this case, it was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, through his Mojave Aerospace Ventures.
February 6, 2010 11:00 AM PST
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