'Anomalies' in first private spaceflight revealed

It appears that the first private space flight did not go as smoothly as we thought, but they did go into space afterall. Can’t be perfect firs time round.

The flight of the first private astronaut was not as perfect as it first appeared – a number of glitches occurred during the flight, some potentially catastrophic.

The revelations were made by Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipOne, which on Monday became the world’s first privately funded craft to enter space. Until the team fully understands exactly what went wrong during the flight, he said, they will not go ahead with the pair of flights needed to claim the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.