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Aztecdoug
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posted 04-18-2003 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this interesting article. It looks like Burt Rutan is going for a Sub-Orbital system. They even mention he has 4 astronauts in his group!
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030418-023930-7720r

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-18-2003 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pictures and further info about StarShipOne (including the identity of the four astronauts) can be found here:
http://www.scaled.com/

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posted 04-18-2003 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Cool.

Not only am I guessing -- I'm hoping -- that there's a private suborbital flight before the Shuttle is back to flight status.

tegwilym
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posted 04-22-2003 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would not be surprised if the Rutan spacecraft wins the prize. He was the first to build an airplane to do the lowest Earth orbit back in 1986!

Aztecdoug
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posted 09-08-2003 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just did a little catch up reading on the SS1. Looks like they have already done a successful glide flight. There are even photos of the first glide flight on the above-mentioned web-site.

They mention that footage of the first glide flight will be shown this month at the SETP. I imagine that may be at one of the technical workshops versus the dinner though.

Reading up on his rocket design and flight profile was very interesting. Rutan is a serious contender to win. This is starting to get a little exciting. At this rate we may just pick up the paper one day and read that he has got it done without much advance warning.

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Scott
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posted 09-08-2003 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
Rutan is a serious contender to win. This is starting to get a little exciting. At this rate we may just pick up the paper one day and read that he has got it done without much advance warning.

Yes his site states that they have never said when they would fly. So I took from that that it will be a surprise.

BTW that is one wicked looking bird he's got there - he deserves some kind of prize just for that.

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I don't think there's any doubt Burt - who is truly an aeronautical/aerospace genius - and his crew will be the ones to do it. It's almost pathetic.
Keep an eye peeled, I am working with their PR people to create covers commemorating the glide flight, and want to do it as a series.
Annnd if I had to make a guess, yes it will be a secret when it happens.

Al

Russ Still
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posted 09-09-2003 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ Still   Click Here to Email Russ Still     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I interviewed Rick Searfoss (X-prize chief judge) for an article on the X-Prize in this month's edition of AutoPILOT magazine. I have a few extra copies. If anyone wants one, send me a couple of bucks for postage and I'll get one headed your way.
Russ Still
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Roswell, GA 30077

Or go to www.autopilotmagazine.com to subscribe. BTW, the two cover stories "Ron Young" and "Unusual Attitudes Made Usual" are also mine. Click on the Current Georgia issue and Current Florida Issue links to see them if you're curious.

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