SpaceShipOne, with Brian Binnie at the controls, flew the second suborbital flight in one week’s time in 2004 to capture the $10 million Ansari X Prize flight purse.
Courtesy Brian Binnie/Mike Mills

 

I am saddened to learn of the passing of a true space pioneer and friend, Brian Binnie – suborbital space travel pilot for the SpaceShipOne program.

On October 4, 2004, with Brian Binnie at the controls of SpaceShipOne, he flew the second suborbital flight in one week’s time to capture the $10 million Ansari X Prize flight purse.

Binnie’s passing was noted by the XPrize group.

 

That pioneering passage of space and time marked a new era of commercial space flight.

For detailed information, go to my story, “Test pilot Brian Binnie recounts his historic flight on SpaceShipOne and the future of private space travel” via Space.com at:

https://www.space.com/spaceshipone-test-pilot-brian-binnie-book-interview

Also, this book review is available at:

Book Review: The Magic and Menace of SpaceShipOne

https://www.leonarddavid.com/book-review-the-magic-and-menace-of-spaceshipone-2/

Lastly, go to my full interview with Binnie that appeared in a recent issue of Quest at: https://spacehistory101.com/

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