Posts Tagged ‘Burt Rutan’

Burt Rutan developing Ski Gull seaplane

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Burt Rutan is developing an amphibious, two-engine, motor glider, seaplane on skis. The skis are embedded with skateboard wheels. He described it to The Old Bold Pilots organization in California at the end of January. He doesn’t need a medical to fly it, and if it works, you could be flying it, too.

SpaceShipTwo passes critical folding test

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Virgin Galactic, which has enticed 430 customers to take a suborbital ride into space, has passed a critical wing-folding drop test of SpaceShipTwo. The aircraft returns from altitude by raising its twin boom tail, creating not only drag but a stable return position in the nearly airless environment. The test proves the spaceship’s design, and now it’s on to preparations for the first commercial flight. Watch the test here.