Monday, July 28, 2008


Some people would say that the mold was broken after Burt Rutan was created. He has pushed the envelope of aircraft design for decades producing some stunning aircraft that are both innovative and beautiful. He's now set his sights on space and with the help, and deep pockets, of Richard Branson he is leading the way in the privatization of space flight.

Today Rutan's company, Scaled Composites, rolled out the WhiteKnightTwo. The WhiteKnightTwo is essentially the "first stage" of the reusable space flight system that Rutan is developing for Virgin Galactic. Once the new SpaceShipTwo capsule is completed (and tested) they will have the ability to take paying customers into space.

I love this image with the silouettes of groundbreaking aircraft on the side of the engine nacelle.

Looks to me like; DaVinici's "winged man" sketch, the Wright Flyer, the Sopwith Camel, The Bell X1, the Boeing 707, the Apollo Lunar Module, SpaceShipOne and WhiteKnightTwo with SpaceShipTwo. That's some serious company to keep and only time will tell if they can pull it off....personally, I wouldn't vote against Rutan and Branson.

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