Burt Rutan Speech

In the process of doing some research for a project on campus, I came across this speech that Burt Rutan made back in Feb of 2006. Rutan has been a hero of mine for a long time. This speech is pretty encouraging, and exciting.

I don’t agree with every single point that he makes, but its still pretty cool to me that he’s trying to ignite people’s passion about advancing aviation technology and space exploration. And, I do think that the private sector will do a better job with safety than NASA has done.

Our kids will have an opportunity to go on a sub-orbital flight within their lifetime, just for fun. That is incredible. I want to be part of that.

2 replies on “Burt Rutan Speech”

  1. We’re already at the point where individuals can pay to go into space. The Russians are willing to take anyone up, but only the wealthiest can afford it. There dozens of companies building spacecraft now, some to support the Air Force + NASA and some for privatized spaceflight. Regular people will be going to space within the next 10 years, we have the technology and the work is underway so its just a matter of time. I don’t have a guess for when it’ll be affordable for the average person though. For the first several years its likely to be more expensive than flying on the Concorde was. Any way you look at it though, this is very exciting. From a technology standpoint the private sector will bring innovation and energy to a stagnant space industry, and the possibility of being able to orbit Earth or the Moon (the logical next step) is Holy-Cow-unbelievably exciting.

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