Burt Rutan

Engineer, Organization founder

1943 –

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Who is Burt Rutan?

Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft. He designed the record-breaking Voyager, which was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, and the sub-orbital spaceplane SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004 for becoming the first privately funded spacecraft to enter the realm of space twice within a two-week period. He has five aircraft on display in the National Air and Space Museum: SpaceShipOne, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, Voyager, Quickie, and the VariEze.

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Born
Jun 17, 1943
Estacada
Also known as
  • Elbert Rutan
  • Elbert Leander Rutan
Siblings
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • California Polytechnic State University
Employment
  • Scaled Composites
  • The Spaceship Company

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on July 23, 2013