January 28, 2008
Everything Old is New Again, SpaceShip Edition
Posted by scott at January 28, 2008 02:34 PM
I've seen quite a few comparisons of SpaceShipTwo to the Air Force's old DynaSoar program, but this is the first time I've seen it compared to a Soviet program. The resemblances are more than striking, but I don't know enough about aeronautics to say if it's just the easiest answer to a tough problem, or that Rutan has someone with a name that ends in "ski" on the payroll.
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Let's just hope they are a little more forthcoming about any equipment problems/failures than the Soviets were...can you say "KABOOM"? Or "Crash on reentry"?!?
Oh, and the site is right..it does remind me a little of the He-111Z projekt. Or maybe the P-82/F-82 Twin Mustang.