TEDsters: Prepare to be transported. Burt Rutan, the legendary aircraft designer, will thrill us this February in Monterey, with his plans to make space travel a reality. Rutan, who won the $10M X-Prize for SpaceShipOne — the first private craft to reach space — has now partnered with Virgin Galactic (an offshoot of Virgin Atlantic) and committed to taking tourists to space in 2008, with his new SpaceShipTwo.
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In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the U.S government-funded space program for stagnating (“Houston, we have a problem.”), and calls for space entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA left off. Rutan won the $10M Ansari X-Prize for SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded craft to enter space twice in a 2-week period. […]
At TED2006, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan came out swinging. “Houston, we have a problem,” he declared, and went on to lambast the government-funded space program for failing to inspire the next generation. NASA has stalled, he says, especially when it comes to manned flights. And the solution is privately funded spacecraft development (the kind […]