Talk about a giant buildup to a complete letdown.
All the major news services were covering the story before takeoff. The big three networks (well, the big one Fox and the other network CNN and it’s bastard stepchild MSNBC) had guys onsite to cover the launch. I should have known things were going downhill when the guys on Fox asked if the chase plane was SpaceShipOne.
Then during the actual launch, all three were either doing other stories or even worse, commercials. Finally when the time came for the ship to return, all three networks focused in on aircraft that were NOT SpaceShipOne (including the same chase plane that Fox had incorrectly pointed out earlier which was Rutan’s Starship).
But even with the horrendous coverage, congrats to Burt, Paul, and the team for pulling off a wonderful flight.