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'[OT]: X prize vehicle????'
2002\10\13@194127 by Russell McMahon

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Anyone remotely interested in aircraft will probably appreciate this.
(Kristin should view it for its artistic merits).

This latest aircraft from the Rutan stable MAY be more than it looks

       http://www.aopa.org/images/members/homepage/2002/rutan.jpg

It may be an elaborate hoax but more likely it's his X-Prize contender. (3
man to edge of space and safe return, repeat within a week with the same
craft, win $US10 million.
If so expect the two side craft to separate at altitude (probably 50,000
foot plus) and fly home by themselves (small wings suggest they won't go as
high as one might expect for such an application)

The jet engines MAY remain attached to one wing each of the side units
leaving the centre rocket to itself or the engines may be carried by the
rocket to apogee.

Or maybe April the first just came early in the Rutan workshops.
For those who haven't met his products, as well as a range of interesting
canard equipped lightweights, he also built the first (and so far only?)
(heavier than air) aircraft to fly around the world non-stop and unrefueled.

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2002\10\13@204223 by Dave King

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At 01:33 PM 14/10/02 +1300, you wrote:
>Anyone remotely interested in aircraft will probably appreciate this.
>(Kristin should view it for its artistic merits).
>
>This latest aircraft from the Rutan stable MAY be more than it looks
>
>         http://www.aopa.org/images/members/homepage/2002/rutan.jpg
>
>It may be an elaborate hoax but more likely it's his X-Prize contender. (3
>man to edge of space and safe return, repeat within a week with the same
>craft, win $US10 million.

That's not the rocket itself it the carrier vehicle. It drags the actual
"rocket"
up to about 40,000 and then fires it off. I think he had a bit more info on
the
Scaled Composite web site.

It looks weird because well Rutan designed it. Actually this one might
have come from the parrot.....  If you have ever talked to him lately or seen
him on tv you will know what I mean ;-]

Dave

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