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Old 27-04-2011, 06:11 PM   #1
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Seems like everyone has forgotten about the Mojave air/space port from which Spaceship 1 on it's carryer was launched from and I was there to see it.
Now the company that has built spaceship 2 has been doing drop testing of it over mojave. they are testing all the onbord systems and hope to have it and the new whiteknight 2 aircraft do a test flight and then it will move to the newer spaceport in AZ for it's launching and landing.
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Old 28-04-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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The private space company revolution is underway, whether anyone knows it or not. Virgin Galactic is being joined by a small army of upcoming companies. Not as fast as any of us had hoped...thought we'd be on Mars by now...but it is happening. I do think it will change everything, and open up possibilities now only considered by nations. Once basic transport to orbit ant he moon is established, seems to me adding a lander would not be as big a deal. So, bring them all on!
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Old 28-04-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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yes they are building & testing spaceship 2 plus the carrier plane that will take it up to sbout 30,000 ft before releacing it for spacefigght. Oh a big news was in the newspaper last week. They guy who started the company and who flew around the world without haing to refuel the plane ( which was built in Mojave) is goint to retire and move to another state. He's quiting this fild totaly. But the company is planing on building at lest a total of 5 spaceship 2's.
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Old 27-06-2011, 03:44 AM   #4
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Virgin Galactic is the company that will own spaceship 2 and it will sell places on spaceship 2 at the rate of only $200,000.00 to carry anyone into space.
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Old 18-12-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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they are now working with the same company that built spaceship1 and the craft is being worked on now and it is spaceship II. and as it stands they will be building at least a total of 5 spaceships.
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Better start saving your pennies, boys!
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Old 25-12-2011, 12:26 AM   #7
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In a local paper, the same company is going to build what will become the largest airplane to ever be flown. it will be used to carry rocket into high altude and launch them. the plane itself will have a wing span bigger that that of a 747
the next post will have the newsper drawing of the new big plane.

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Operational flights are to be made from New Mexico's Spaceport America..


http://www.virgingalactic.com/overview/spaceport/
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:44 AM   #9
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the full flight and landing will happen there, but the testing of the craft will happen in Mojave. they are also the ones that have built the whiteknight 2 which not only can launch the spaceship 2 up and is also doing some flights that are being payed for by the Air Force
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:13 AM   #10
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This plane that is being work on will be bigger than a 747
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Old 19-04-2012, 05:27 AM   #11
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spaceship 2 has been flown in drop test. I is hauled to a point above Mojave Air/Spaceport and droped to land in the space port landing strip.
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I watched the Dark Skies documentary recently on cable. Burt Rutan is a genius, I love his aircraft designs really unorthodox. He obviously has that rare talent that attracts people to work with him and stay loyal.

What a partnership between his company and Branson's Virgin empire, it really is a match made in heaven, there is hope for us all yet.....

I have been looking for good line drawings to add to my research list, I am aware of the new kit from Revell and the one currently available from A Models but would like to produce something bigger, possibly a radio controlled flying version.

Perhaps I should eMail Scaled Composites, they seem like a good bunch of guys and easy to deal with.

I can feel another forum section being added....
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Old 19-04-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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Burt Rutan has retired and has moved to another state. I have some magazines that show the planes he designed and other people built.

if you had ever seen the KIT plane that could be built and flown you would never forget it.
as I live a few miles from Mojave Air/Spacrport, I see them every once in a while.
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Old 22-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #14
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Scaled Composites is the company that not only is building the spaceship2s that will go to Virgin Galactic they are the ones that are building that BIG plane (they have not named it yet), it will be able to take unmaned rockets.
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Old 23-04-2012, 07:46 PM   #15
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The original resin kit version of the original Spaceship one (1/72nd spaceship 1 & carrier - Sharkit I think?) sold out pretty quickly.
I'm pretty sure Fantastic Plastic did Spaceship one on it's own?
Hannants are selling the A-model version.
Revell's Commercial version of Spaceship 2 & carrier should be out by October should be excellent and relatively cheap in comparison to the above.
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Old 23-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #16
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I've never heard of Sharkit as the plane that carried spaceship1 up was named "White Knight " and they are building another Whitnight (Number 2) that when spaceship 2 goes to the space port in N.M. will be based there.
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Old 25-04-2012, 08:35 PM   #17
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I think he meant 'Sharkit' was the name of the company producing the model kit...
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Old 25-04-2012, 10:19 PM   #18
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does anyone have a web address for Sharkit as I never head of them at all, are they just in England or do the sell to the U.S. too?
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