By Dan Linehan
Years in the past, Burt Rutan informed a reporter for Popular Mechanics, “If we make a brave determination just like the aim and software we kicked off for Apollo in 1961, we'll see our kids or grandchildren in outposts on different planets.” mythical science-fiction author Arthur C. Clark might later keep in mind Rutan’s quote in a section he wrote approximately SpaceShipOne and remark, “Fortunately, we want now not depend completely on governments for increasing humanity’s presence past the Earth.”
Burt Rutan’s Race to Space showcases Rutan’s herculean efforts to just do that. Smithsonian’s Air and house Museum screens his such a lot celebrated achievements, together with SpaceShipOne, which gained the coveted $10 million Ansari X Prize for personal spaceflight; Voyager, which hangs with SpaceShipOne within the Milestones of Flight gallery; the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer; and the VariEze. His many aerospace options previous his so much lately conceived designs, SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo, chronicle a revolutionary, step by step try to holiday boundaries with engineering knowledge and a wondrous mind's eye, all of the whereas closing at the vanguard of the burgeoning deepest spaceflight undefined. Rutan’s X Prize triumph and next spacecraft designs aren't a starting, nor an finish, yet are steps in Burt Rutan’s carrying on with experience to extend humanity’s presence past the Earth and into space.
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