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Burt Rutan: Building The People's Spaceship

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:19 pm
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Space.com, By Leonard David released today an article, related to an interview with Burt Rutan.

It mentions:

Rutan said that he and his Scaled Composites workers have solved the generic, basic safety issues of suborbital manned spaceflight.

In a succession of flights last year, SpaceShipOne — and its carrier craft, the White Knight that hauls the rocket plane to high-altitude for release — the Scaled Composites team worked on key technical issues. By solving them, Rutan is confident that flying the public out of the atmosphere can be done safely and affordably.

In addition Burt Rutan noted “the breakthroughs are simple solutions and what can be operated at high-reliability.”.

“I believe that after it [SpaceShipTwo] flies 10 or 12 years, that type [of spaceliner] will fly about 100,000 people outside the atmosphere,”

“The ship that we’re developing in our shop right now in Mojave will have a very large cabin, A passenger can stand up in that compartment and float up to the ceiling…put their hands out and tumble.”

“The windows will have handles on them. If you want to look outside, you’re going to have to go to a window and pull your nose up against it and just look,” Rutan said. “You’re not going to be strapped into seats in a small thing with little windows…if you do that, that spaceliner will not sell the tickets.”

And to accomplish this all:

Rutan told SPACE.com that he needs to double the size of Scaled Composites—now some 150 people—to be able to properly handle a roster of projects, including his commercial spaceliner activity.

For more detailed information read the Space.com article.

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