Black Sky: Winning the X Prize (2004)

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The intimate, behind the scenes story of how Burt Rutan and the SpaceShipOne team overcome the obstacles and brave the dangers of space flight to claim the $10 million dollar X Prize.


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27 August 2006 | melvin-1
| X Prize Won now Burt needs to try a Orbital Flight
Burt Ruttan was a genius to see the recovery needed no plane or parachute just folding the wing into a feather mode to slow the drag until a subsonic mode and unfolding the wing and a glide to land. Every else thought of heat he knew how to counter that. That's how he won the X prize.

Now that SpaceShip One is a sub-orbital ship with 1 man the need to create a cabin with a low weight material that weights less than steel for a stronger body and wings. Now they need to have better material for the windows they need to have a interior foil material to protect the civilians in space too. All Burt Rutan needs to get that in space by doubling the rockets power, adding computer for calculating GPS mapping and pressurization to make a orbital flight.

I loved how Burt Ruttan made some risks where more were more careful. They thought of the way we recovered past space missions and he took the way that the X-15 and Space Shuttle failed to forget a rocket plane.

NASA should take this idea as a safety recovery for the ISS Space Station and Shuttle in case needed

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7 October 2004



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