Let's Light This Candle! | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 10.12.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.12.17

Airborne 10.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 10.12.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.12.17

Airborne 10.13.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Mon, Jun 21, 2004

Let's Light This Candle!

SpaceShipOne Ready For Launch

Scaled Composite's Burt Rutan expects thousands of people to swarm into the Mojave Desert Monday for his company's test-run at the Ansari X-Prize. If all goes according to plan, SpaceShipOne should carry one person to a height of 100 kilometers -- 62 miles -- in a suborbital rehearsal for the $10 million prize flight.

"We are encouraging people to come and bring kids," said Rutan. "We fly to space directly over the crowd instead of going way down range, and it lands back in the same place like a small, light plane at a private airport."

The whole world will be watching. "If Burt Rutan can do it with a couple of dozen people, there will be a lot of investment," said Rutan in an interview with the Washington Post. "In 12 to 15 years, we'll have suborbital space tourism that costs as much as a luxury cruise, and very soon after that, you'll be able to spend your vacation in orbit."

Monday's test flight is the final precursor to Scaled's attempt to meet the requirements of the Ansari X-Prize and collect the $10 million prize. To win, Scaled has to put three people on board SpaceShipOne and fly them to the same altitude of 62 miles. His is one of 27 teams vying for the top honors in a competition modeled after the time-distance-payload contests that popped up during the "Golden Age" of flight.

"If you can prove you can do this safely, you're opening a new industry," Kevin Marvel, deputy executive officer of the American Astronautical Society, said in a telephone interview. "It's real, it makes sense, and it's looking way forward. When I first heard about it I thought, yeah, right, but they've convinced me."

ANN's Jim Campbell and photo guru Tyson Rininger are on the scene in Mojave and will provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the SpaceShipOne event.

FMI: www.scaled.com

Advertisement

More News

RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off s>[...]

AMA Drone Report 10.12.17: NTSB--Drone v Blackhawk, City Drops Reg, DJI Privacy

Also: PassengerDrone, FAA Reauthorization Extension, UAS Pilot Certification, Workhorse Surefly The NTSB is now offering public details of the alleged collision between a hobby dro>[...]

Airborne 10.16.17: NBAA2017, Scaled Model 401, Hot-Air Balloon Safety Program

Also: Drone Security, Fighting Privatization, Frontier Pilots, Commercial Space, Twin Otter, AeroVironment, Honeywell The NBAA claims that its 2017 NBAA-BACE event was an all-aroun>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17: Eagles v Drones, DJI AeroScope, Drone Policy

Also: AeroVironment Award, Washington State Patrol, Altavian Nova UAS, Robotaxis The French Military is training four Golden Eagles to attack drones in flight as a way to defend ag>[...]

Airborne 10.17.17: Waco YMF-5F Flies!, SpaceX Streak, BBJs Rule

Also: Embraer, Aero-Calendar, AeroVironment, Sikorsky Heli's, EASA Singapore, FireFighting UAV, WestJet The amazing craftsman of the Waco Classic Aircraft operation in Michigan hav>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC