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Posted by: Captain_John_Black - Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:59 am
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Post Scaled Composites   Posted on: Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:59 am
Here's two links to all the wonderful information on SpaceShipOne or what I've been refering to as "The SSO" :-)

http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/ ... s_text.htm


http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/ ... t_data.htm

The website is in frames but those are just the page links. So you can actually read it!!

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Post new test   Posted on: Wed Sep 03, 2003 5:25 pm
The glider flew again on 27 Aug. with a test of its "feather" reentry characteristics and expanded flight envelopes. This thing is going to fly to space before the end of the year I would think.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Sep 04, 2003 4:50 am
How far along has the engine development for the SS1 come? Has Scaled chosen yet which engine they like best? I hope the engine(s) still need a lot of testing and tweaking to give the other teams more time to finish their projects and beat Scaled Composites to the finish line.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Oct 08, 2003 8:04 pm
Oh well, according to the latest test flight report on september 23rd, SS1 had quite unexpected aft-CG handling characteristics. The competition might yet get very exciting.


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Post In Flight Engine Firing   Posted on: Fri Dec 05, 2003 10:40 pm
SS1 flew on 4 Dec, and fired it's rocket engine.

http://www.mojavebooks.com/mhv/031204-1.html


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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 05, 2003 11:15 pm
Good I hope it becomes the first of many!


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Post    Posted on: Sat Dec 06, 2003 2:58 pm
There's supposed to be a 30-day notification requirement before any X-prize attempts. Haven't heard anything. Looks like the Wright anniversry will come and go, but looks like an early 2004 attempt.


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Post Notification   Posted on: Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:37 am
Irving, are you with the X Prize committee? If not, then why do you think you would receive any notification? I'd guess Rutan will give short notice, if any before his first attempt at suborbital.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Dec 08, 2003 12:57 am
No, not with the committee. But considering the Xprize's grandiose Cup plans, you'd expect quick publicity as soon as any team offically notifies of the attempt. While I can accept the need for each of the teams to work in secret, the Xprize committee would be undermining its own efforts to keep such information secret. For the long-term impact of the x-prize, it would be important to obtain maxiumum publicity for any attempt--to include the month-long lead-up to any such attempt.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:32 am
If Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites work as they have on previous projects, such as Voyager, development was private, flights were very public. Once Rutan has 100% confidence in the design, we will all know about the flight plans.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Dec 09, 2003 1:45 pm
I coming of the belief that Scaled is shooting for a (un-offical x-prize) suborbital flight on Dec 17th. If successful, 30-day notification of an Official X-Prize attempt should soon follow.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Dec 09, 2003 10:10 pm
Irving wrote:
I coming of the belief that Scaled is shooting for a (un-offical x-prize) suborbital flight on Dec 17th. If successful, 30-day notification of an Official X-Prize attempt should soon follow.


there's no way, they haven't even fired their engine yet, they can't do it that soon.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 11, 2003 5:15 pm
Witness the engine test firing. Note: I'm not saying it will be an X-prize flight. But I expect a flight which includes firing the rocket on the 17th for the Wright anniversary.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:54 pm
Irving wrote:
Witness the engine test firing. Note: I'm not saying it will be an X-prize flight. But I expect a flight which includes firing the rocket on the 17th for the Wright anniversary.


that's what i expect too, but not suborbital. probably a horizontal firing to get it supersonic then they'll feather and come down.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:04 pm
TerraMrs wrote:
Irving wrote:
Witness the engine test firing. Note: I'm not saying it will be an X-prize flight. But I expect a flight which includes firing the rocket on the 17th for the Wright anniversary.


that's what i expect too, but not suborbital. probably a horizontal firing to get it supersonic then they'll feather and come down.


Possibly. However I'd think they'd like something more significant for the Wright Anniversary. Not an X-Prize attempt, but the 1st private sub-orbital flight maybe.


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