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Engrossed in House (10/07/2004)

[Congressional Bills 108th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H. Res. 820 Engrossed in House (EH)]

                 In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

                          October 7 (legislative day, October 6), 2004.
Whereas the Ansari X Prize competition was created to promote the emerging 
        commercial space transportation industry and inspire a new generation of 
        explorers by accelerating the development of low-cost space launch 
        vehicles for space exploration, tourism, science, and commerce;
Whereas the X Prize Foundation, headed by space entrepreneur Dr. Peter 
        Diamandis, offered a $10,000,000 prize to the first contestant to 
        privately finance, develop, and launch a spaceship capable of carrying 3 
        people to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles) above the Earth, returning safely 
        to Earth, and repeating the launch with the same ship within 2 weeks;
Whereas the Ansari X Prize inspired 26 teams from 7 nations to invest their 
        private funds and personal toil in pursuit of the dream of private space 
Whereas Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by aviation pioneer Burt Rutan and 
        software pioneer Paul Allen, designed and developed SpaceShipOne, the 
        winning entry in the Ansari X Prize competition;
Whereas on June 21, 2004, SpaceShipOne, piloted by Mike Melvill, accomplished 
        the first privately funded suborbital flight into space in the skies 
        above Mojave, California;
Whereas on September 29, 2004, SpaceShipOne, once again piloted by Mike Melvill, 
        successfully completed the first of 2 suborbital flights in pursuit of 
        the Ansari X Prize competition, flying to an altitude of 337,600 feet 
        (102.9 km); and
Whereas on October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne, piloted by Brian Binnie, successfully 
        completed the second of 2 suborbital flights in pursuit of the Ansari X 
        Prize less than one week later, flying to an altitude of 368,000 feet 
        (112.2 km), and thereby winning the Ansari X Prize competition: Now, 
        therefore, be it
    Resolved,  That the House of Representatives--
            (1) congratulates Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by Burt Rutan and 
        Paul Allen, for winning the privately funded $10,000,000 Ansari X Prize 
        and inspiring the next generation of space explorers to even greater 
            (2) commends the pilots of SpaceShipOne for their skill and bravery; 
            (3) commends the founders of, contributors to, and management of the 
        X Prize Foundation for spurring this achievement.