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Burt Rutan

From Bicycles to Spaceships (VIDEO)

XPRIZE | Posted 05.20.2016 | Technology

Burt Rutan, the legendary aerospace engineer and designer of the Ansari XPRIZE-winning SpaceShipOne, explains how the achievement a couple of bicycle shop owners (Orville and Wilbur Wright) inspired the most significant individuals in the first century of aerospace.

Weightless Training Over Moscow

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
James M. Clash

In Russia, you can experience simulated bursts of weightlessness (parabolic flight) in an old Ilyushin 76 cargo plane -- the same aircraft in which Russian cosmonauts train.

Novices Break 200 MPH in Super-Cars

James M. Clash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
James M. Clash

As we break through 190 mph in the McLaren, a kind of tunnel vision takes over. You stare so intently at the runway ahead that nothing registers peripherally but a background blur.

Personal Spaceflight Industry - Reflections on the Five Year Anniversary of the Ansari X PRIZE

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Diamandis

The most important legacy and meaning of the Ansari X PRIZE on its five year anniversary lies in the fact that the event kicked off a new industry.

Commercial Spaceflight for the Rest of Us -- Congratulations to Virgin Galactic

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have rolled out SpaceShipTwo, a new commercial spaceship that will be flown by two pilots with seats for six paying passengers.

Launching Commercial Space Flight: Part Two -- Dumitru Popescu Builds His Dream Rocket

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Diamandis

I told Burt Rutan, designer of Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne, in the presence of all the other competitors, that he would win the competition. This was hard for a lot of people to accept, but I was right.