The first manned spaceflight by a private company was in 2004 in SpaceShipOne, seen here on top White Ship, its mother ship. This craft, capable of doing suborbital flight, was the winner of the $10 million XPrize for private space travel. It also marked the entry of technology industry billionaires who finance space travel. This one was built by Mojave Aerospace Ventures, which was a joint venture between Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Scaled Composites.
April 14, 2012 3:59 AM PDT
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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