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Black Sky: The Race For Space
The first of two in this Discovery Channel series, Black Sky: The Race for Space follows Burt Rutan on his quest to win the elusive X Prize: a $10 million award. The mission to build the personal spacecraft dubbed SpaceShipOne.
Who is infamous Burt Rutan, well he has been referred to as “the man who reinvented the airplane.” Over the past three decades, he has managed to create one new research airplane per year. His designs and theories have altered how these aircrafts look and function today. Rutan has been deemed the most distinguished aircraft designer in the second half of the 20th century. Quite an accomplishment!
The famous X Prize will be awarded to the first non-governmental, privately funded team or group that builds SpaceShipOne. This spacecraft must be able to carry three 6’2″, 198-pound adults to the height of 62 miles twice in 14 days. Not an easy task.
Since this competition first began more than 20 teams from across the globe have entered. This includes teams from Russia, England, Canada, Aregentina and the United States, but Rutan still remains the frontrunner. That is until recently, as a Canadian team, the da Vinci Project are now hot on his tail. But who will win? Who will take home the X Prize?
Published on February 10, 2009 · Filed under: Science, Technology