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Fraser
2004-Jul-08, 04:31 PM
SUMMARY: Wired News is reporting that Burt Rutan has resolved the nearly catastrophic problems that cropped up during SpaceShipOne's historic flight into space last flight. After his flight, pilot Mike Melvill said that a control malfunctioned, caused the rocket plane to roll 90 degrees over to the left, and then 90 degrees to the right when he tried to compensate. Melvill was able to use a backup system, and still reach 100 km of altitude. Rutan said that the problem was traced to an actuator that had “run against a stop”, limiting its movement. With the problem fixed, SpaceShipOne's next flight will be an attempt to win the $10 million X-Prize.

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Greg
2004-Jul-08, 09:56 PM
Just another reminder of how important fine precision is when dealing with acceleration and speeds of that magnitude. Any little anomaly can quickly become a catastrophic and even fatal failure. Very impressive work on the part of the Scaled Composites engineering team.

Tony S.
2004-Jul-09, 02:29 PM
I thought that the XPrize purse was $10 million not $20 million. Did I miss something?

Fraser
2004-Jul-09, 02:52 PM
No, you're right. I've fixed it. Thanks.

Zachary
2004-Jul-09, 03:47 PM
Originally posted by Tony S.@Jul 9 2004, 02:29 PM
Who is better spaceshipone or Armoradilo?
[SIZE=14][COLOR=yellow] [COLOR=yellow] What is better spaceshipone or Aromadilo?