While riding up the elevator to my office this morning, I was watching Fox News coverage of Space Ship One. They were doing a basic story on the ship, comparing it to an airliner and the space shuttle as far as altitude and propulsion systems. Very good so far.
Then when pointing out that compared to the shuttle SS1 was sub orbital, which meant, they said, that it was still within the influence of earths gravity.
Though they did have video from the inside of the ship as is was doing its rolls showing the pilot correcting maneuvers.
Unfortunately, my elevator ride reached its apogee at about that time and I didnít get to see all of the story.