SpaceShipOne; Outstanding!

Discussion in 'Internet Finds' started by wunwinglow, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. wunwinglow

    wunwinglow Active Member

  2. Gil

    Gil Active Member

    Starship Headquarters, California...,

    Guess that's what we can call it now that its happend.

    Best regards, Gil
  3. I'll save my celebrating for the day they win the prize. Did this flight meet all the requirements of the first of the two required flights?
  4. Gil

    Gil Active Member

    Not yet, didn't have the required passengers and it's still not clear whether it cleared the required height...,

    Some damage did occur to the craft near the nozzle exhasust surrond structure. These are still test flights risking only the pilot while testing the craft against the design evelope. I don't believe that any of the other contestants are as near to completing the prize requiremens as is RAF.

    Best regards, Gil
  5. Atomsk

    Atomsk Member

    I've been following the Armadillo Aerospace effort. They're probably as far along as any of the non-billionare bankrolled projects, and they're only testing sub-scale vehicles on 14 second "hops".

    Their weekly updates are quite interesting to read, and they're loacted somewhere in the Dallas area.

    Still, Currell's SS1 is on my "to build" list.
  6. bholderman

    bholderman Member


    The da Vinci Project is not too far behind. Above all regardless of SS1's success they still plan to see their flights through to the end.

  7. SCEtoAux

    SCEtoAux Member

    I saw a altered picture once that had a B-17 made up to look like a Burt Rutan design. The main wings are way back by the tail and it has canard wings under the cockpit. The caption read:
    "If Burt Rutan had been around in 1942, things might have been different..."

  8. Wierd_Jack

    Wierd_Jack New Member

    Just in case someone either didn't know or didn't notice;
    Currell has updated the SpaceShipOne model and now has both the early test flight version and the current X-Prize (with Virgin logos) version available as a free model. Very cool of him to do that so quickly for us. Different paint, different logos, and the shrouded rocket nozzle as seen on the October 4th flight.
    Now, who is going to do the interior? Complete with a little floating model of the SS1?


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