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Posted: 12/17/2003 3:25:34 PM EDT
This is great news for Burt Rutan and his team:

www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=13236


Our White Knight turbojet launch aircraft, flown by Test Pilot Peter Siebold, carried research rocket plane SpaceShipOne to 48,000 feet altitude, near the desert town of California City. At 8:15 a.m. PDT, Cory Bird, the White Knight Flight Engineer, pulled a handle to release SpaceShipOne. SpaceShipOne Test Pilot, Brian Binnie then flew the ship to a stable, 0.55 mach gliding flight condition, started a pull-up, and fired its hybrid rocket motor. Nine seconds later, SpaceShipOne broke the sound barrier and continued its steep powered ascent. The climb was very aggressive, accelerating forward at more than 3-g while pulling upward at more than 2.5-g. At motor shutdown, 15 seconds after ignition, SpaceShipOne was climbing at a 60-degree angle and flying near 1.2 Mach (930 mph). Brian then continued the maneuver to a vertical climb, achieving zero speed at an altitude of 68,000 feet. He then configured the ship in its high-drag feathered shape to simulate the condition it will experience when it enters the atmosphere after a space flight. At apogee, SpaceShipOne was in near-weightless conditions, emulating the characteristics it will later encounter during the planned space flights in which it will be at zero-g for more than three minutes. After descending in feathered flight for about a minute, Brian reconfigured the ship to its conventional glider shape and flew a 12-minute glide to landing at Scaled's home airport of Mojave. The landing was not without incident as the left landing gear retracted at touchdown causing the ship to veer to the left and leave the runway with its left wing down. Damage from the landing incident was minor and will easily be repaired. There were no injuries.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 3:44:54 PM EDT
If this was NASA that landing gear fold up would either be A. Covered up and ignored or B. Failing the cover-up they would shut the project down for two years while convining a outside pannel and a congressional comitte to investigate [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:19:14 PM EDT
R.A. Heinlein allways thought the private sector would do a better job.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:24:20 PM EDT
Don't you boys know? Things that benefit mankind should be government projects. The private sector will screw it up and the evil capitalist that takes all the money will deposit it in a Numbered Swiss Bank Account, defrauding all investors and destroying years of work. Its bound to fail! (sorry...been hanging out too long on the darkside.)
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:49:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/17/2003 4:50:14 PM EDT by ColonelKlink]
I enjoyed the article,but it makes me so mad when people say "zero gravity", because this statement is completely erroneous. There is still gravity in space, it would be more accurate to say the object is in free-fall or micro-gravity.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 4:51:08 PM EDT
Go Burt!
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 5:33:04 PM EDT
accelerating forward at more than 3-g while pulling upward at more than 2.5-g.
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Anybody know what the sum effect on the pilot was? Is there an equation to figure that?
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 9:03:01 PM EDT
I could be completely wrong, but I think for right-angle forces, the sum force is the hypotenuse of the "triangle", which would be the square root of 2.5^2 X 3^2, or almost 4 Gs.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 9:37:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ProfGAB101: R.A. Heinlein allways thought the private sector would do a better job.
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Yep. This is great stuff, and I hope they, or somebody, ANYBODY, does it.
Link Posted: 12/17/2003 10:15:30 PM EDT
Amazing.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 1:42:29 AM EDT
What an unique looking aircraft. Rutan sure can break the mold when designing something that flies. Whoo hoo...WTG!
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 2:03:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2003 2:05:20 AM EDT by Ragnaroc]
Maybe someone can correct me. I think the amazing thing is that with all his radical designs, he hasn't had a major FU yet. That says something about the man.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 3:16:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ColonelKlink: I enjoyed the article,but it makes me so mad when people say "zero gravity", because this statement is completely erroneous. There is still gravity in space, it would be more accurate to say the object is in free-fall or micro-gravity.
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They tend to dumb things down in articles like this so the layman can relate to what's being said. We see the same thing in just about any technical article for general release.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 3:24:54 AM EDT
Check out the pictures at [url]http://www.scaled.com/projects/tierone/index.htm[/url]. Uberkool!!!!!!
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