>>> just had someone complete the first flight (of two)
Yesterdays flight was not the first of the two required to win the X-Prize. It was a further test flight. The rules of the X-Prize require that the space craft carry a crew of 3 or ballast to the same mass, that was not the case with yesterdays flight.
I was very suprised to find this was an unknown project to Americans. In Europe, the X-Prize has had on and off news coverage for years, through the general media as well as the science portals. Not just David here, I was chatting about it on another board with UK, Holland, Belgium and Ireland types, then a few Americans wandered into the discussion with "Huh?" type comments. Odd.