Here is my 54-inch wingspan version of White Knight and Space Ship One, representing approximately 1:18 scale. The full-scale version, designed and built by Scaled Composites (Burt Rutan’s company) in Mojave California, is just one entry in the Ansari X-Prize. I started the model in April 2003, but then moved on to other projects. With the first space flight of the full-scale Space Ship One scheduled for June 21st 2004, the model has moved up in my “get it finished” sequence. My original intent with this model was grand – a launchable Space Ship One with small rocket engine under the White Knight mothership. Then it transformed into simply dropping a free flight Space Ship One. Currently the Space Ship One just attaches to the bottom of White Knight and doesn’t release (could create the mechanism to release it in the near future though). Both planes are constructed from EPS foam and fan fold foam. It is to have a Speed 400 pushing at the rear of the fuselage, AUW is estimated to be 17 ounces. If I started building this plane now instead of over a year ago I would have constructed it very differently. Even after building all the planes I already have, I’m still learning about new construction materials and methods. Maiden flight? Not sure, but not until we get a calm day here in the desert!
For more information about White Knight / Space Ship One see Scaled Composite’s website at www.scaled.com