Radical Revolutionary Rutan RC
RutanRC, announced this week its launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the tooling, development and initial production of Burt Rutan’s epic, award winning SpaceShipOne™ and White Knight. Able to be flown together or separately the RC pilot can also separate them and use the “feathering” maneuvers invented by Rutan for controlled reentry from space. The the ducted fan powered SpaceShipOne can power back to altitude or to land.
The scale White Knight measures an impressive 6’ wingspan and SpaceShipOne’s wingspan is 16.5” and 27” nose to tail. Both models will be built with durable foam, carbon fiber reinforcement and adhesive stickers mirroring the original. Proposed retail is $299 for the combo, but this unique combination model is available during the Kickstarter launch for $169. Product delivery is projected for November, 2015.
As a child, Burt built model aircraft and the hobby became a way for him to learn about flight. Now he wants RutanRC to provide new tools to future designers as he explains in the video below. Dan Kreigh and Jeff Corsiglia head the RutanRC team. Dan worked with Rutan as a Scaled Composites engineer and is a master model builder. Jeff led research and development for AirHogs®, the largest maker of toy RC aircraft in the world.
As of this writing the Kickstarter campaign has 392 backers, $67,176, pledged of $220,000 goal and there is still 30 days to go. They offer incentives from an entry level $15 for which they will share unreleased video clips of Burt working on his latest creation SkiGull. For $3500 you get a private dinner with Burt or for $5000.00 he will fly with you at your RC club.