Where I was when a trip to space became affordable...

My pal, Ken and I watched the final qualifying flight of Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne today. It made me jittery. As a kid we dreamed that one day we could live on the moon or travel to space. While we are still years away, we are one big step closer. The near edge of space is now within reach. For the price of a nice home you can fly into the darkness of space and return safely to the Earth.

There was a lot of new technology involved in today's event. That is, for Ken and I. We were both on VoIP phones. I have completely dumped the traditional phone company and he is supplementing his home service. We both used cable television and I managed to get a video webcast to monitor the event. We flipped between MSNBC and CNN as well as getting sporadic telemetry via the webcast. It was fun. It was historic. We did it together. 200 miles apart. Pretty cool, eh?

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.