SpaceShipOne Soars to 65 km on Test Flight

The privately built SpaceShipOne completed another powered flight test on Thursday, this time achieving an altitude of 65 km. Built by Scaled Composites, and backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, SpaceShipOne is considered to be the top contender to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize which will be awarded to the first private reusable rocket capable of reaching an altitude of 100 km. Allen hinted that the space plane will begin attempts to win the prize next month.