Paul Allen: Newest Member of the International Space Hall of Fame


Paul Allen: Newest Member of the International Space Hall of Fame


Paul Allen is the newest member of the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s International Space Hall of Fame.

Allen was nominated for the award because of support for the development of SpaceShipOne and his ongoing passion for and commitment to the commercial space industry through his investment in Stratolaunch Systems.

In 2004, Allen teamed up with Burt Rutan and his team at Scales Composites to get the first privately supported plane to space and back. On October 4, 2004, their plane, SpaceShipOne, traveled 62 miles above Earth reaching space and launching a new era of spaceflight.

Chuck Beames, president of Vulcan Aerospace Corporation and executive director of Stratolaunch Systems, accepted the award on behalf of Allen at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on October 18, 2014.

“Every one of us in the space community considers SpaceShipOne to be the tipping point that ignited the new commercial space industry. We are inspired once again, with this recognition of Paul’s contribution to the revolution,” said Beames.

A piece of SpaceShipOne was also donated to the museum for display as part of the Inductee 2014 exhibit.

“[The Induction Class of 2014] are the people who dreamed of space exploration and shared that vision with the world, the pioneers who worked to make it happen, and the adventurers who are carrying it into the future,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. 

Allen joined twelve others as part of the New Mexico Museum of Space History and International Space Hall of Fame Foundation’s 2014 induction class including: X-15 pilot and Astronaut Major General Joe Engle (U.S. AF, ret.); NASA engineer John Houbolt; aerospace engineer Thomas Kelly; visionary Yuri Kondratyuk; SpaceX Founder Elon Musk; aerospace engineer Guenter Wendt; science fiction authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells; X PRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis; title sponsor of the Ansari X PRIZE and the first female private space explorer Anousheh Ansari; and aerospace engineer and designer of SpaceShipOne Rutan.

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