Monday, 21 February 2011

Scaled Composites - 00

Time for a little aviation...

I really like aviation and as such, I'd like to do a little tribute to Scaled Composites, an aerospace company based in the Mojave Desert of California.

They produce airframes of unique originality, suited to specific incredible tasks. The Rutan Voyager was the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe in 1986 without refueling, a record beaten in 2005 by the GlobalFlyer. Recently Scaled Composites sponsored by Virgin won the $10 million X-Prize for the design of Spaceshipone, a reusable suborbital space aircraft. Now with Spaceshiptwo, the company has become the first to design commercial spaceliners, flights begin this year to the tune of $200,000.

I love the aesthetic of Rutan's aircraft, thoroughly modern, oddly tranquil and also classic. I feel they hearken back to the golden age of aviation, when development was also brought on through prize money and having the balls to risk everything for more and more distance or speed. Thanks for reading!

Ruf

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