Burt Rutan Retires

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Submitted by Lance on Sat, 2011-04-02 20:07

Burt Rutan is an aerospace engineer, a towering genius, designer of the first privately funded craft to enter space, designer of the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without refueling (and then piloted it in the successful attempt) and many, many other achievements. On April 1 2011 he retired from Scaled Composites, concluding an inspiring career and leaving enormous shoes to fill.

Here's Burt in 2006 at a TED conference, championing the private sector as the future of space flight.