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Aerospace pioneer looks to future of private space flight

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Jul 15, 2005 7:46 am
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By David Wichner Arizona Daily Star; At the moment the space shuttle Discovery was expected to lift off Wednesday, aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan was at the Tucson Convention Center arena, describing the U.S. government space program as a misguided effort that has for years failed to foster innovation.

“We essentially do only development now on the NASA program, not research,” Rutan said during a nearly two-hour luncheon speech at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2005 Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit.

“You can’t fail, so you tend to have very few new concepts.”

It’s left to private industry to lead the future of manned space flight, starting with sub-orbital “space experience” tourism within the next 15 years, said Rutan.

Rutan helped launch the private space movement last October 2004, when his company, Scaled Composites of Mohave, Calif., won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize for private, manned space flight by flying SpaceShipOne twice into sub-orbital space.

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