Scaled Composites

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Scaled Composites, is an aerospace and specialty composites development company located in Mojave, California. Scaled Composites was founded by Burt Rutan in 1982. They are renowned for their use of composite construction to build experimental aircraft for industry and for their high quality kit aircraft for home builders.

Scaled Composites is most recently notable for winning the X Prize competition using their vehicle SpaceShip One. However, they have had many prior accomplishments, including the construction and successful flight of the Voyager airplane, which was the first manned aircraft to fly around the world without refueling. They have built body frames for several alternative launchers, including OSC's successful Pegasus rocket and prototypes for the Roton and DC-X launch vehicles.

Voyager and Spaceship One are currently on display in the Smithsonian museum, alongside such famous craft as Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

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External links:

Scaled Composites Home Page

Tier One

60 Minutes Interview with Burt Rutan

Encyclopedia Astronautica