Sunday, April 03, 2011

Burt Rutan to Retire!

According to the L.A. Times via Boing Boing, aviation pioneer Burt Rutan is retiring at 67. Rutan designed the Voyager, which was the first airplane to fly around the world without refueling, and SpaceShipOne, the first private rocket plane ever to put a man into low Earth orbit. In fact Richard Branson, the British billionaire behind Virgin Galactic is using Rutan's rocket design for the spacecraft Branson will use to take tourists on sub orbital flights.

For more on Rutan, check out the LA Time article here or with Wiki article here

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