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Fosset aims to break world non-stop record

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett took off Wednesday from Cape Canaveral in an experimental aircraft, in a bid to break the world record for non-stop flights.

Fuel leak delays distance flight attempt

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett plans to begin his epic solo duration and distance flight Wednesday after a fuel leak scrubbed takeoff Tuesday.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2005 with eight to follow.
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Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2005 with eight to follow.
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Space Race 2: A little help from Uncle Sam

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- A weekly series by UPI examining the people, passions and business of private human spaceflight. This week: XCOR is making strides by both serving NASA and developing its own spacecraft designs and components.
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Space Race 2: SpaceShipOne, post X Prize

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 15 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining the people, passions and business of private spaceflight. This week: SpaceShipOne, the winner of the X Prize for private spaceflight, heads to the National Air and Space Museum for retirement and display.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2004 with eight to follow.
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Space Race II: A ticket to ride

A series by United Press International exploring the people, passions and business of sub-orbital manned spaceflight. This week: A recent predicts private passenger spaceflights will be available by 2010, and several startup, sub-orbital launch firms are
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Space Race II: Not NASA's space program

A new UPI series exploring the people, passions and business of suborbital manned spaceflight. This week: The faithful, the curious, and of course the news media will gather on June 21 to witness the start of a new era in human spaceflight.
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Richard Glenn "Dick" Rutan (born 1 July 1938) is an aviator who piloted the Voyager aircraft around the world non-stop with the assistance of Jeana Yeager. He was born in Loma Linda, California, where he gained an interest in flight at a young age. On his 16th birthday, he was busy earning both his driver's license and pilot certificate.

He soon began a military career, joining the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program at age 19 and later becoming a lieutenant in the Air Force. Rutan served during the Vietnam War, and flew 325 missions including a 105-mission tour as Misty 40 of Detachment 1, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron (Misty FACs). He twice ejected from jet aircraft: On 17 August 1967 in Vietnam when his F-100F was hit (he was rescued), and a second time when his aircraft suffered an engine failure over England. Through his career, he was awarded the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals, and a Purple Heart.

Following military service, Dick headed an aircraft company with his brother Burt Rutan. It was during a 1981 lunch meeting at California's Mojave Inn that the Voyager project was conceived: Dick and Jeana Yeager met with Burt Rutan to discuss their idea of starting an aviation company. During lunch, they spoke of creating an aircraft that could fly nonstop around the world. Burt, an aircraft designer, sketched on a napkin the plane design that would enable Dick and Jeana Yeager to break the flight distance record of 12,532 miles (20,168 kilometers) set by a B-52 Stratofortress bomber in 1962. To realize Burt's design, they assembled a team of more than 50 and refined — over the next nearly six years — Burt's original design, a process which included testing and studying a variety of lightweight materials. The team eventually selected a combination of graphite, fiberglass, and Kevlar for Voyager's main structure.

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