SpaceShipOne flight 14P


SpaceShipOne flight 14P
OperatorScaled Composites
Maximum altitude211,400 ft (64,400 m)
Aircraft properties
Aircraft typeRocket-powered aircraft
Flight timeline
Takeoff dateMay 13, 2004
Takeoff siteMojave Airport
Landing dateMay 13, 2004
Landing siteMojave Airport

Flight 14P of SpaceShipOne was its third powered flight, which occurred on May 13, 2004. The pilot was Mike Melvill.


SpaceShipOne was released from White Knight at an altitude of 46,000 ft (14.0 km) and a speed of 120 knots (62 m/s). After ten seconds the rocket was lit, for a 55 second burn.

At burn-out the altitude was 150,000 ft (45.7 km) and the Mach number was 2.5. The craft then coasted to an apogee altitude of 211,400 ft (64.4 km).

At one point during the flight, the avionics computer froze up and had to be rebooted. Melvill flew the aircraft manually until the computer became operable again.

During reentry, the craft attained Mach 1.9 and deceleration of 3.5 g (34 m/s²). The craft switched to glider configuration at 55,000 feet (17.4 km). The craft returned to the spaceport and landed safely.

External links

  • SpaceShipOne video footage (RealVideo)