SpaceShipOne flight 13P

Summary

SpaceShipOne flight 13P
OperatorScaled Composites
Maximum altitude105,000 ft (32,000 m)
Aircraft properties
AircraftSpaceShipOne
Aircraft typeRocket-powered aircraft
Crew1
Flight timeline
Takeoff dateApril 8, 2004
Takeoff siteMojave Airport
Landing dateApril 8, 2004
Landing siteMojave Airport

Flight 13P of SpaceShipOne was its second powered flight, which occurred on April 8, 2004. The pilot was Peter Siebold.

Details

SpaceShipOne was released from White Knight at an altitude of 45,600 ft (13,900 m). Ignition was delayed by about two minutes to evaluate a shock-induced stall buffet. The rocket was lit at an altitude of 38,300 feet (11.7 km) for a 40-second burn.

At burn-out, the Mach number was 1.6. The craft coasted to an apogee altitude of 105,000 feet (32.0 km).

During reentry the craft attained Mach 0.9. The craft switched to glider configuration at 40,000 feet (12.2 km). The craft returned to the Mojave Airport and landed safely.

External links

  • SPACE.com article
  • Scaled Composites' public flight log
  • X Prize page about Scaled Composites