We could be seeing the official beginnings of space flight for the private sector.
Today’s successful space flight of the privately developed SpaceShipOne marked the first leg of a trial that may win the $10 million X Prize, which is an open competition to private industry to make space flight feasible to the average person.
The winning craft must reach space (100 km, or 62.5 miles up) twice in 2 weeks, along with some other requirements like simulated passenger load.. oh and not burning up on re-entry. I think it must also have on-board weapons systems to defend against alien laser attack. Not too familiar with the rules actually – these are just features I would like to see on any ship I were riding in. Ooh! And Tivo!