Burt Rutan, space cowboy, to speak at TED2006

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Burt_rutan 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.