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What Is The Latest On Rutan's Space Ship 2?  
User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11162 times:

It has been over one year since Rutan and Branson announced their plan to build two Space Ship 2's, to carry paying space tourists. But Scaled Composites has no updates on their web site for a year and other than Branson hawking reservations, no updates of a technical nature seem forth coming.

Anyone hear what is happening in the Mojave desert? I know Rutans operation is similar to the Skunk Works, but this is supposed to be a commercial project.

Have fun,

CTR


Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11153 times:

I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 11119 times:

Its currently under construction, with unveiling and test flights in late 2007.

User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11086 times:

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 2):
Its currently under construction, with unveiling and test flights in late 2007.

Richard,

Do you know of any web sources for more detailed information?

Have fun,

CTR



Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11082 times:

Quoting CTR (Reply 3):
Do you know of any web sources for more detailed information?

There isnt any, its being kept very close to their chests.


User currently offlineSLCPilot From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 592 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10931 times:

"Eve" has been described as a 737 sized White Knight 2. I don't know if their hangar is big enough to hold such a beast. Also, Mr. Rutan is now building something on a little larger scale and complexity than cut foam fiberglass airplanes with no (or few) hydraulic systems. If it were me, I'd use a converted airliner with overpowered engines to take a payload (SS2) to altitude.

I wish him the best of luck, and his safety record must hold some weight with the FAA, but I can't imagine the cost of certification for two new, high risk aircraft. And if they're restricted, or experimental aircraft they (in most circumstances) can't be used for commercial purposes.

It will be neat to see what rolls out of Mojave next!

SLCPilot



I don't like to be fueled by anger, I don't like to be fooled by lust...
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 10744 times:

Story
http://www.space.com/news/060828_spaceshiptwo_next.html
Video:
http://www.space.com/php/video/player.php?video_id=Virgin_galactic01


User currently offlineCTR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10712 times:

Ted,

Thanks for the link! Great video.

CTR



Aircraft design is just one big compromise,,,
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 10701 times:

Quoting CTR (Reply 7):
Great video.

The video is somewhat frightening and yet exciting. On the one hand, cool 'cause I'd love to unbuckle and float. Scary because of the thought of organising 10 other assholes into geting back into their seats before it's 'too late'


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8999 times:

Seem like the White Knight 2, is about to fly next year http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...ets-out-year-of-the-spaceship.html

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