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Globalflyer the first?? Again?

Posted by: Stefan Sigwarth - Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:13 am
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Post Globalflyer the first?? Again?   Posted on: Sun Feb 27, 2005 8:13 am
http://www.livescience.com/technology/0 ... pdate.html

I though this was allready done in 1986 or 1987 with probably much the same craft from Rutan. What did they, back then, different then what they are going to do again?


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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 27, 2005 3:48 pm
that one was called voyager i think, and it was flown by 2 people. globalflyer will be flown solo around the globe, in about the same time as voyager took i think.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:05 pm
TerraMrs wrote:
that one was called voyager i think, and it was flown by 2 people. globalflyer will be flown solo around the globe, in about the same time as voyager took i think.


Awh, like that. The only difference is 1 man versus 2. Lol ;)


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Post    Posted on: Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:01 pm
If you look at it this way you could include the solar-power driven unmanned Airplane of NASA that flew 2003 or 2004. I don't know its name but it can fly nonstop around the whole world.

I am sometimes thinking abou the question what service such aircrafts may provide for spaceflight - it would be interesting to find some. They are looking like a step between normal airplanes and orbiting spacecrafts - but they are LOOKING like only. ...



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Post    Posted on: Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:46 pm
Helios. 'Nuff said.

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Post    Posted on: Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:30 am
Well, the main thing that seperates Global Flyer from Voyager is that it's flown solo, but another key difference is that it's jet powered as well. Jet engines consume gobs of fuel compared to piston engines, it is a testament to how far engineering and materials science have come since Voyager that this is possible.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:29 pm
Travelled so far from US to China by Africa.
See www.globalflyer.com

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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:30 pm
Several records to be broken if the attempt is successful, first solo around the globe
with jet engine, %-age of fuel wieght of the total wieght and much faster than Voyager.
Now over China...

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