Spaceship One - piloted by the first South African private astronaut - the World of Things

Spaceship One was the aircraft used in the first privately funded successful space flight. Spaceship One was the first flight of a spaceplane since the X15 program in the 1960’s where 13 flights reached space (measured at an altitude of 50 miles). One of the famous pilots of the X-15 was Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon.
Spaceship One was piloted by Mike Melvill who become the 434th person in space. He was born in South Africa and grew up in Kwazulu-Natal and has flown 7600 hours in more than 130 different types of aircraft.


Find out more about Spaceship One over at LinkedIn here.

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