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  • Fosset takes off for new GlobalFlyer distance record to meet FAI rules


    <P><BR>Billionaire pilot Steve Fosset took off yesterday at 06:38 from Salina airport, Kansas, at the start of his latest solo record attempt with the Virgin Atlatic GlobalFlyer long endurance aircraft. <BR><BR>The latest bid to beat the&nbsp;absolute closed circuit distance record held by Dick Rutan was organised after a re-reading of the international rules proved his February attempt to be invalid.&nbsp; <BR><BR>The closed circuit is a circumnavigational route with the start and finish points being identical. Fosset's February Ultimate Flight distance record, in which he travelled 41,467km (22,415nm) does not qualify as an absolute distance record as it took off from Kennedy Space Center outside Orlando, Florida but landed at Bournemouth, UK.&nbsp; <BR><BR>This attempt will zig-zag around additional waypoints to increase the distance while landing back at the start point. On the flight, Fosset is using the Blue Sky Network satellite-based flight tracking, voice, mapping and telemetr


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  • Rutan's risky business

    News | 14 Jul 2011 12:00 | Steve Trimble

    Burt Rutan's successful projects have pushed the boundaries of aerospace. Even the failures yielded innovation. We pay tributehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Rutans-risky-business-359486/
  • USAF seeks tenders to build composite cargo X-plane

    News | 13 Mar 2007 00:00 | Graham Warwick

    Demonstrator will prove materials and processes for a future STOL transport aircrafthttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/USAF-seeks-tenders-to-build-composite-cargo-X-plane-212524/
  • Fosset takes off for new GlobalFlyer distance record to meet FAI rules

    News | 15 Mar 2006 10:50

    <P><BR>Billionaire pilot Steve Fosset took off yesterday at 06:38 from Salina airport, Kansas, at the start of his latest solo record attempt with the Virgin Atlatic GlobalFlyer long endurance aircraft. <BR><BR>The latest bid to beat the&nbsp;absolute closed circuit distance record held by Dick Rutan was organised after a re-reading of the international rules proved his February attempt to be invalid.&nbsp; <BR><BR>The closed circuit is a circumnavigational route with the start and finish points being identical. Fosset's February Ultimate Flight distance record, in which he travelled 41,467km (22,415nm) does not qualify as an absolute distance record as it took off from Kennedy Space Center outside Orlando, Florida but landed at Bournemouth, UK.&nbsp; <BR><BR>This attempt will zig-zag around additional waypoints to increase the distance while landing back at the start point. On the flight, Fosset is using the Blue Sky Network satellite-based flight tracking, voice, mapping and telemetrhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Fosset-takes-off-for-new-GlobalFlyer-distance-record-to-meet-FAI-rules-205471/
  • SpaceShipOne assembly at fault

    News | 09 Aug 2004 23:00

    <p>Scaled Composites' X-Prize contender SpaceShipOne did not reach its intended altitude on its first space voyage on 21 June because it was assembled incorrectly, says Dick Rutan, brother of the vehicle's designer Burt Rutan.</p> <p>The rocket motor was not installed on the centreline of the vehicle and the resulting thrust asymmetry caused the vehicle to start rolling 45-90û to the left about 7s after rocket ignition, between 48,000ft (14,600m) and 53,000ft.</p> <p>Pilot Michael Melvill used the rudder to counter the roll moment, but this early trajectory deviation cost the vehicle 31,500ft of altitude. Instead of reaching 360,000ft it only reached 328,500ft.</p> <p>&quot;It was thrust asymmetry, the rocket was off centre, so it needed trim to work. When SpaceShipOne was bolted together [the rocket motor] was off centre a little bit,&quot; says Dick Rutan. Another problem was the distortion of the carbonfibre engine nozzle fairing during re-entry. Burt Rutan says energy radiatinghttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipOne-assembly-at-fault-185669/
  • Hitch puts XCOR rocket to test

    News | 08 Jul 2002 23:00

    <p>XCOR Aerospace demonstrated two key aspects of its reusable rocket engine technology in two flight tests of its modified Rutan Long-EZ kitplane testbed - one deliberately and one inadvertently. The 11th test flight of the EZ-Rocket on 27 June was cut short by an electrical problem which prevented shutdown of one of its two rocket motors. But XCOR says its &quot;fail operational&quot; design gave pilot Dick Rutan time to turn the engine off manually, jettison liquid oxygen and conduct a dead-stick landing at Mojave Airport, California. The EZ-Rocket is testing technology for a low-cost reusable launch vehicle (RLV). &quot;With our approach, an electrical problem leaves the engine running and the pilot has a redundant manual-valve to shut the engine down,&quot; says chief executive Jeff Greason. The aborted flight lasted 2min 24s - the engines burn for around 3min.</p> <p>On the 10th flight two days earlier, the EZ-Rocket became the first rocket-powered aircraft to conduct a touch-anhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Hitch-puts-XCOR-rocket-to-test-150976/