Sophont
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
 
Paper Model
Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne: "Carried beneath White Knight to 50,000 ft., SpaceShipOne will be released to fly under its own power to the 100 km. target height. For re-entry, the spacecraft's entire tailplane tilts upward in a high-drag 'feather' configuration. As it approaches the ground, the tail returns to its normal flying position, and the vehicle glides to a runway landing. The first glide flight of SpaceShipOne occurred on August 7, 2003, and the first rocket-powered flight test took place on December 17, achieving a speed of Mach 1.2.

The X-prize has not yet been claimed, but it is likely that the first attempts by the contestants will be made in 2004, and in the judgement of many observers Burt Rutan's innovative SpaceShipOne is a leading contender.

This model builds into a detailed 1:48 scale replica of SpaceShipOne. The completed model is approximately 7 inches long. You will need a colour printer capable of handling card or cover stock to print the parts sheets. 67 lb cover stock (approx 8.5 thousandths of an inch or 0.2 mm thick) is recommended."

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