SpaceShipOne set to launch
The world's first privately funded rocket plane plans to shoot beyond the uppermost layers of Earth's atmosphere later this month in a bid to demonstrate the viability of commercial space flight, organizers of the project said on Wednesday.
"Every time SpaceShipOne flies we demonstrate that relatively modest amounts of private funding can significantly increase the boundaries of commercial space technology," [Paul] Allen, a well-known technology and science fiction fan, said in a statement.
But will future privately-funded spacecrafts be festooned with advertisements a la race cars? Let's hope so; it would certainly be more fun.