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Old 06-20-2004, 01:44 AM
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What an achievement !!!!

Monday 21st of june the first not-governement spacship is to be launched into space.It is designed by the team f Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites.It is an awesome achievement!!When they succesfullylaunch it, they have written history !!!I wish them the best of luck !!

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Old 06-20-2004, 03:34 AM
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Monday 21st of june the first not-governement spacship is to be launched into space.It is designed by the team f Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites.It is an awesome achievement!!When they succesfullylaunch it, they have written history !!!I wish them the best of luck !!

Edit: . i'll add some pics of the craft and the carrierplane
For sure.

I *LOVE* Rutan's designs, he always manages to make the functional look fantastic
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:06 AM
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Monday 21st of june the first not-governement spacship is to be launched into space.It is designed by the team f Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites.It is an awesome achievement!!When they succesfullylaunch it, they have written history !!!I wish them the best of luck !!

didnt hear abt this b4 today, but u rite....it is an awesome achievment.
any idea wat its gona be doin up there?
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:16 AM
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shot of the test rocket firing up ...

and LOTS more info and keep up to date at Scaled Composites web site

www.scaled.com

I'll be checking it hourly on the day to see if they keep us up to date.
I'd really like Rutan's designs to be the winner of the prize - even though there's a British team trying for it too - they've had trouble getting the British Lelyand badge to stay on though

Lots of details of the craft and equipment in hiQ inages at http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/info.htm
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:52 AM
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Old 06-20-2004, 10:40 AM
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scaled composites must be a filthy rich company to be able to afford to build a spaceship.
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Old 06-20-2004, 01:37 PM
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scaled composites must be a filthy rich company to be able to afford to build a spaceship.
Well there's a $10M prize for being the first private venture into space.

THEN there are the potential sales of 'craft to rich folks.
Rutan has made his fortune(s) by designing and building strange planes and making a few for VERY rich people

The for ScaledComposites, anyone contemplating building anything similar is likely going to come to them for engineering data and development assistnace.

IIRC, there were originally 2 companies COMPETING last year to provide the engines. They kneow the chosen engine would probably seal the fortune fo the supplier

Along the way, I suspenct Rutan and SC to have tied up patents on making this craft whichi again they can take advantage of financially.
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who is giving out the reward?
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Old 06-20-2004, 01:58 PM
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who is giving out the reward?
It's a busnessman and consortiou - including St Louis city as a celetbration of the "spirit".

Old info on it at http://www.kilnet.freeserve.co.uk/earthxprize.htm
A search for X-Prize will likely bring up more.
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scaled composites must be a filthy rich company to be able to afford to build a spaceship.
First of all there is the X-prize matra talked about.
Second of all Paul Allen , one of the people that started microsoft, funds the project with a lot of money
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Old 06-22-2004, 02:56 AM
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BTW. THEY DID IT Well done all you guys
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Just in case anyone didn't know, this Spacecraft is basically a pet project of Paul Allen (Microsoft). Despite the $10,000,000 prize, they've already put over $20,000,000 into development. Kind of puts the others (some with piggy-banks under 1 million) in the shadows...

Money is crazy stuff...
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Just in case anyone didn't know, this Spacecraft is basically a pet project of Paul Allen (Microsoft). Despite the $10,000,000 prize, they've already put over $20,000,000 into development. Kind of puts the others (some with piggy-banks under 1 million) in the shadows...

Money is crazy stuff...
It's been Rutan's dream for a lot longer, I think he may have roped Allen in to help fund it for the offer of an early flight
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Paul Allen is the kind of millionaire (billionaire, I assume) that I like. He doesn't have any problem with spending loads of money to follow his hobbies. He doesn't really walk all over people. And he shares his hobbies with others. I visited the Experience Music Project in Seattle last year - another one of his pet projects. It's amazing.

http://www.emplive.com/

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