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  •  Burt Rutan (0+ / 0-)

    has an interesting approach to aircraft design (lighter and simpler) that I don't see scaling up very well.

    I was taught in flight engineer school that "Mister Boeing doesn't like a single point of failure". An airliner has triple or even quadruple redundancy on the flight controls, and it doesn't go into space.

    Spaceship One has single point of failure written all over it.

    It has to be flown with the electric trim as it goes through the mach - that's Bell X-1 technology circa 1947.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 09:05:34 AM PST

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