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Posted by: spaceboy - Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:50 pm
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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 18, 2003 1:47 pm
Earlier speculation on Paul Allen as sponsor of SS1 confirmed.
http://business2media.com/home/pressrel ... b2mid=4349

"Being able to watch today's successful test flight in person was really an overwhelming and awe-inspiring experience. I'm so proud to be able to support the work of Burt Rutan and his pioneering team at Scaled Composites," said Paul G. Allen, who has funded the effort since he and Rutan joined forces in March of 2001

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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 18, 2003 3:39 pm
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Earlier speculation on Paul Allen as sponsor of SS1 confirmed.
http://business2media.com/home/pressrel ... b2mid=4349

"Being able to watch today's successful test flight in person was really an overwhelming and awe-inspiring experience. I'm so proud to be able to support the work of Burt Rutan and his pioneering team at Scaled Composites," said Paul G. Allen, who has funded the effort since he and Rutan joined forces in March of 2001



It's really great to know now, that it's really Paul Allen, now I know for sure they won't run out of monney in the comming weeks/months, as manny government projects did..


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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:18 pm
well, they did a 15 second burn this time, got to 68,000 feet, i wonder how long the next one will be, hopefully it'll keep going up.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 18, 2003 10:38 pm
Here's the quick math on reaching 100 km and winning the XPRIZE:

The first burn-time was 15 seconds to an altitude of 20 km from the White Knight 14 km release point.

Increase engine burn-time by 45 to 60 seconds to push SpaceShipOne another 80 km.

If no other anomolies are found, I'd guess that the XPRIZE attempt 30-day notice will be given in January 2004. :lol: 8)


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Post Wow!   Posted on: Thu Dec 18, 2003 11:34 pm
Up, up, and away!

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Post    Posted on: Mon Dec 22, 2003 10:30 pm
Looks like a third of the nitrous oxide and half of the solid fuel for a 100km altitude flight were loaded--Aviation Week Article.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Dec 27, 2003 9:43 pm
Scaled updated their "test updates" page.

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Although the damage was not major, repairs are expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

So, it's a small setback for their team.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Dec 27, 2003 11:09 pm
So does this place the next flight in Feb?


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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 12:38 am
Irving wrote:
So does this place the next flight in Feb?


Well, 17th + 3 weeks (21 days..) = 7th January + Needed work for the next flight... so I guess the next flight will be +- 14 January.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 3:05 am
You probably need to factor in the holidays as well...


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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 3:30 am
Irving wrote:
You probably need to factor in the holidays as well...


I guess Scaled already did it, with their 3 weeks of time :wink:

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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 6:51 pm
Any guesses on what the envelope will be for the next flight? With half full fuel load, they could probably reach at least 100k feet / mach 2. That would be starting to approach the X-15 regime.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 10:20 pm
Bullspace wrote:
Any guesses on what the envelope will be for the next flight? With half full fuel load, they could probably reach at least 100k feet / mach 2. That would be starting to approach the X-15 regime.


that sounds accurate, probably.

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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 11:01 pm
The next flight may have less ambitious goals. Namely testing the landing gear, and the repairs. Then another flight to push the envelope further.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Dec 28, 2003 11:32 pm
i could see that too, another 15 sec. burn maybe then bring it in for a "routine" landing hopefully. maybe they'll do one of those 5 day turnover things. we can only hope i guess.

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