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  •  Rutan et al aren't involved in SpaceX. (2+ / 0-)
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    They're with Virgin Galactic and Stratolaunch, the former of which is increasingly starting to look like a PR con by Sir Richard Branson/Scamson, and the latter appears to have limited market prospects.  But the "feather" mechanism on SpaceShipTwo to control reentry is an engineering achievement.

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    by Troubadour on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:46:34 AM PDT

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    •  I knew that Rutan and Paul Allen were (1+ / 0-)
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      associated with Elon Musk and Space X on some projects. Thought this was one of them. I have not paid much attention to the rocketry side the past couple of years. I am an airplane guy, so have missed a lot of the politics and intrigue.

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      by Otteray Scribe on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 08:12:19 AM PDT

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      •  Paul Allen was originally working with SpaceX (1+ / 0-)
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        to design the orbital stage for the Stratolaunch air-launched system, but SpaceX dropped out due to market conflicts and limited prospects for the system so they went with Orbital Sciences.  And Allen worked with Rutan on SpaceShipOne, but as far as I know, there have never been collaborations between Rutan and SpaceX.  Wouldn't call it "intrigue" exactly: Stratolaunch always seemed like kind of a marginal proposition that was only exciting while SpaceX was just one of many entrepreneurial companies.  Now that they're THE company and succeeding wildly at reducing launch costs, the air-launch concept is starting to seem moot.

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        by Troubadour on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 08:20:57 AM PDT

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