Virgin Galactic: Promoters and Prizes

  • Howard E. McCurdy
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


McCurdy describes the events that led to the creation of Virgin Galactic, notably the evolution of the Ansari X Prize and the investments it attracted. Upon completing the first task necessary to receive the $10 million award, the pilot of the winning entry hoisted a sign with the name of his spacecraft SpaceShipOne followed by the words “Government Zero.” Competitors could not seek government help to win the prize.


Ansari X Prize Legacy investors Scaled Composites Space tourism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard E. McCurdy
    • 1
  1. 1.American UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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