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Brian Binnie to Release Inside Account of SpaceShipOne Program

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
August 24, 2020
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Credit: Brian Binnie

Test pilot Brian Binnie’s long-planned insider account of the SpaceShipOne program seems to be finally coming together.

The book, titled “The Magic and Menace of SpaceShipOne,” recounts how Burt Rutan and a small team at Scaled Composites won the $10 million Ansari X Prize in 2004.

SpaceShipOne won the prize for being the first privately-built crewed spaceship to fly to space twice within two weeks.

Binnie was the pilot for the second of two prize-winning flights on Oct. 4, 2004. Mike Melvill flew the first prize flight five days earlier.

For more information about the book, visit

One response to “Brian Binnie to Release Inside Account of SpaceShipOne Program”

  1. ThomasLMatula says:

    Should be a very good book to read and I will buy it. BTW while VG crawls along in its testing SN6 completed its static fire yesterday and you could definitely hear the roar of the new more powerful updated Raptor. It should fly in a couple days, then they plan to blow up SN7 to see how close their models match reality.

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