Sunday, August 15, 2004

Spaceflight With Style

Most Americans may be rooting for the weakly named SpaceshipOne team fielded by Burt Rutan and Paul Allen in the X-prize competition, but the Canadian Arrow team based in Toronto gets extra points for style.

Using a rocket design derived from the original V2, the Arrow looks like everything 1950s science fiction ever led us to expect. Nothing like this has been seen since the U.S. used the V2 derived Mercury Redstone rocket to launch Alan Shepard on a sub-orbital flight. But the Arrow design is more sophisticated.


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