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Black Sky: The Race for Space (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  3 October 2004 (USA)
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The remarkable story of Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne. Only three of the most powerful governments in the world have achieved what they set out to do from a garage in the Mojave desert: to put a man in space.

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The remarkable story of Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne. Only three of the most powerful governments in the world have achieved what they set out to do from a garage in the Mojave desert: to put a man in space.

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Improments needed for SpaceShp One
13 August 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Burt Ruttan was a genius to see the recovery needed no plane or parachute just folding the wing into a feather mode to slow the drag until a subsonic mode and unfolding the wing and a glide to land. Every else thought of heat he knew how to counter that. That's how he won the X prize.

Now that SpaceShip One is a sub-orbital ship with 1 man the need to create a cabin with a low weight material that weights less than steel for a stronger body and wings. Now they need to have better material for the windows they need to have a interior foil material to protect the civilians in space too. All Burt Rutan needs to get that in space by doubling the rockets power, adding a computer for calculating GPS mapping and pressurision to make a orbital flight.

I loved how Burt Ruttan made some risks where more were more careful. They thought of the way we recovered past space missions and he took the way that the X-15 and Space Shuttle failed and decided to scrap the rocket plane and use a low drag method to land.

NASA should take this idea as a safety recovery for the ISS Space Station and include it in the Shuttle in case it failed in space and a safe crew recovery needed.


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