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Posted by: thomson - Mon Oct 04, 2004 4:38 pm
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Post 3 person flight?   Posted on: Mon Oct 04, 2004 4:38 pm
Some time ago, I've read somewhere that if first X-prize attempt works ok, on the second flight, there will be Burt Rutan and Paul Allen on board, so they would go for 3 person flight, not 1 person+weight of 2 people.

There was only Brian Binnie in the SS1. Had they changed their mind or what?
If, for some reason, they wouldn't fly by themself, I'm sure there would volunteers in relatively short amount of time. Imagine Burt asking: Hey, who want to fly this thing? :D

Oh well. 3 or 1 person - it's great accomplishment. Contratulations!

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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 05, 2004 2:45 am
Well, they have another engine in the hangar by the runway. I'm curious what they will do with it in the next couple of weeks. /jd


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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:02 am
I wasnt aware that they had ever planned on doing that. I know that Rutan has climbed in the back of SS1 and signaled for take off before getting kicked out of the plane :P

They've talked about how eventually they would like to go up, so I wouldnt be surprised if they use an extra engine and send themselves up to space :P

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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:34 pm
even though Burt is pretty old, he's a pilot so I think he can handle it.

I dunno about Paul Allen. Isn't he a computer geek? :P

I saw the Discovery Channel special Black Sky. The June 2004 launch looked VERY hairy. 5 g's on the way down. Not just for a moment... it's 5 continuous G's! Even Mike M was all breathing hard and straining and groaning.

Yesterday's flight with Binnie went even higher, so I imagine he must've pulled even more G's coming down :shock: :shock:


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