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Space Transport Corporation: Display Success at The Museum of Flight

Published by spacecowboy on Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:43 pm
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chabot imageOn Sunday and Monday of Father’s Day weekend, Space Transport Corporation displayed their Rubicon Ansari X PRIZE vehicle in Seattle at The Museum of Flight. At the event, the 22-foot tall Rubicon, complete with orange nosecone, guidance system and seven-engine rocket cluster (unfueled), was mounted in the guide rails of STC’s mobile launch trailer.
On Monday, of course, Scaled Composites (Burt Rutan, Paul Allen and crew) achieved the first private manned space flight. STC hails this as a wonderful achievement and an event that shines a good light on all private space programs. It was a step for Scaled towards winning the X Prize. However, Scaled will not be able to attempt an X Prize winning flight for over two months. STC believes that a great opportunity still exists to give Scaled a run for their money. Scaled will need to carry an additional 400 pounds of payload to win the prize (this could cause them to come up short of the required 100 kilometers). Activity by other X Prize teams is also picking up to make for a lot of fun and public awareness about private space travel. There is room for many companies to succeed in private spaceware development, especially space tourism vehicles. Based on the fact that an enormous market (a prize much bigger than the $10 M X Prize) is waiting, STC is optimistic about raising funds needed to run its manned spaceflight development program. The latest proud STC sponsor is the Forks Coffee House in downtown Forks.
While at The Museum of Flight, media exposure of STC’s efforts, sparked by Scaled’s test flight, was great. The exposure is a powerful demonstration to potential sponsors/investors that STC is a serious space technology developer. Selected news coverage videos will be (or are already) posted to www.space-transport.com/?stc=gallery.
STC expects to launch Rubicon to 15,000 feet on its maiden flight in mid-July from a location on the Olympic Peninsula near Forks. Keep an eye on the latest updates atwww.space-transport.com.
STC has launched multiple three-stage rockets in the past two months, one reaching 50 kilometers. This pilot project has been valuable preparation for Rubicon flights. A flight with photograph recovery is expected soon.

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