Reading time: 3 - 4 minutes
Video Time: 20 minutes 17 seconds
Today’s video is continuing off yesterday’s theme with Burt Rutan, a distinguished aerospace engineer. He is maybe best known for designing the Rutan Voyager, which was the first aircraft to fly nonstop around the world, co-piloted by Jeana Yeager and mr. Rutan. He was also the winner of the Ansari X Prize in 2004. If you missed yesterday’s video, the X Prize Foundation is a nonprofit institution that organizes competitions which aim to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The Ansari X Prize offered $10,000,000 for the first private organization that could create a spacecraft able to be launched into space twice in two weeks.
In this intelligent and intriguing video, Rutan asserts that we’ve let ourselves slide backwards in space travel development. He passionately argues that we once again need to make innovations in space flight a top priority, and that this needs to happen in the private sector. Rutan discusses the renaissance of aviation that started with the Wright brothers in 1908. All done through trial and error and continuous attempts over many years, we were eventually able to make flying safe and efficient. Rutan points out that we haven’t done this in space flying; it has not been researched in this manner at all.
Rutan wants to see private business become involved in space flying, in fact, he believes that it’s necessary for space flight innovation. He wants to have what he calls a “capitalist space race.” Rutan explains how there is already investment around the world in private space flight industries, and he believes that space flight will flourish without the help of tax dollars. He continually asserts throughout the lecture the importance of innovation coming from private businesses, and sincerely believes that the business world cannot only develop this industry, but can do it the right way. He encourages entrepreneurs and business people across the nation to embrace the space flight industry.
So, enjoy this quick but intelligent talk, and just imagine the possibilities!
To read more about space exploration and the X-Prize, you can read our other lunch learning post about Peter Diamandis and the X Prize Foundation.