June 21, 2004


WhiteKnight/SpaceShipOne has taken off from the Mojave Spaceport in California. It will take about an hour for it to reach the release altitude where SS1 will separate from WK and rocket into space. This is now expected to happen at around 10:40 ET.

My best wishes go out to Mike Melvill, the pilot of SS1, and soon to be the first civilian astronaut.

A few of the sites I've been using to follow this:

Space.com and AvWeb.

There is supposed to be an audio feed from this site, but I haven't been able to connect. It's probably overloaded with listeners.

MSNBC and Fox News are breaking in with live coverage. They say they will return when the release time arrives.

Although I appreciate being able to see live video on these cable channels, I'm pretty disappointed with the quality of the reporters. Their commentary seems to be not very knowledgeable about the context of this project and the aviation world. CNN is supposed to be covering it, but I can't seem to find CNN on the cable system here at the lake.

More later.

Posted by jackhodgson at June 21, 2004 10:03 AM