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  Mojave Aerospace Ventures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mojave Aerospace Ventures (MAV) is a company founded by Paul Allen and Burt Rutan to handle the commercial spinoffs from the Tier One project.
The structure of Mojave Aerospace Ventures appears to be the basis of the deal between Allen and Rutan for the funding of Tier One.
On September 25, 2004 MAV agreed on a joint venture with Richard Branson's newly-formed company Virgin Galactic, to develop a suborbital spacecraft for the space tourism market.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mojave_Aerospace_Ventures   (441 words)

 Entrepreneur of the Year, Entrepreneurial Skills Article - Inc. Magazine Article
Allen created a new company, Mojave Aerospace Ventures, which would own the spaceship technology developed by Rutan, structuring the deal under the assumption that there would be no payoff.
Mojave Aerospace quotes a study commissioned by Virgin indicating that there are 15,000 people in the United States alone who would shell out more than $100,000 for a ticket to space.
MIT aerospace professor John Hansman, who enlisted a group of students to study the space-tourism business using a ship much like Rutan's, is skeptical of even Futron's scaled-back projections.
www.inc.com /magazine/20050101/eoty-rutan.html   (4372 words)

 House Committee on Science
Modeled on the 20th century aviation prizes like the Orteig Prize, which was awarded to Charles Lindbergh for the fist nonstop transatlantic flight, the X Prize was established in 1996 to promote the emerging commercial space transportation industry and inspire privately funded human space flight.
Mojave Aerospace Ventures, a joint endeavor of aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, successfully captured the X Prize by completing two flights reaching at least 100 kilometers above the earth and carrying the weight of three people in less than two weeks.
SpaceShipOne streaked to an altitude of 337, 569 feet (64 miles) on September 29th and climbed to 377,591 feet (71 1/2 miles) October 5th, capturing the privately funded Ansari X Prize of $10 million dollars which was being sought by 26 teams from the United States, Argentina, Canada, Israel, Romania, Russia and Great Britain.
www.house.gov /science/press/108/108-313.htm   (524 words)

 Fly-Low Publications Aviation News
The American Mojave Aerospace Ventures, LLC Team (a partnership between Paul G. Allen and Burt Rutan and his team at Scaled Composites) announced today that it has given its official 60-day notice and has scheduled its first competition flight on September 29th, 2004, at the Mojave Airport Civilian Aerospace Test Center in Mojave, California.
If successful, Mojave Aerospace Ventures will make history by launching a privately financed, manned spaceship to 100 km altitude, twice within two weeks, each carrying a pilot and the weight and volume equivalent of two additional passengers.
"We have met with the Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team and we are prepared to ensure that the flights are well monitored and that all rules are followed carefully," said Col. Searfoss.
www.fly-low.com /feataug04/xprise.html   (1259 words)

 Your Daily Briefing Of Satellite
Mojave Aerospace, owned by billionaire Paul G. Allen, said a failed actuator was the most likely cause of the roll.
At a height of 48,000, Mojave Aerospace said the White Knight plane released SpaceShipOne.
For Mojave Aerospace to win the $10 million X-Prize they must complete a second manned flight within two weeks.
www.satnews.com /stories11/599.htm   (274 words)

 SpaceShipOne chases $10 million - Rutan's rocket ready to go
MOJAVE - A 21st-century space race is set to officially take off Wednesday with the first flight attempt by the Burt Rutan-designed spacecraft SpaceShipOne toward claiming the $10 million Ansari X-Prize.
All eyes are on Mojave Airport as preparations are under way to play host to yet another gathering of tens of thousands of space enthusiasts, aviation buffs and the international media for the noteworthy flight.
Now Mojave Aerospace Ventures - the partnership between Rutan's Scaled Composites and billionaire investor Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft - is going for the gold.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1227529/posts   (1296 words)

 USATODAY.com - Long-shot rocket aims for X Prize   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Feeney's opponent is American Mojave Aerospace Ventures, funded by Microsoft mogul Paul Allen.
The odds-on favorite in the X Prize race, Mojave is making its first bid for the prize Sept. 29.
Mojave plans to make its first X Prize-qualifying flight Sept. 29 and its second Oct. 4.
www.usatoday.com /tech/news/2004-08-19-rocket-xprize_x.htm   (1058 words)

 Champ Car > News Wednesday, September 29, 2004
As the sun breaks the horizon in the Mojave Desert Wednesday morning, an anticipated 100,000 people will be on hand to witness a very special first as a spacecraft sporting the Champ Car logo will fly higher and faster than any previous civilian spacecraft.
Wednesday morning will see the manned spacecraft of the U.S.-based American Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team make the first official attempt to claim the ANSARI X PRIZE, a $10M prize for the first privately-built vehicle that carries three people into space, returns safely, and repeats the flight within the span of 14 days.
The American Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team, a joint venture between Paul Allen and Scaled Composites, will carry Space ShipOne under the mother ship White Knight up to 47,000 feet where they will separate for the launch that will propel SpaceShipOne to the 100-km mark that satisfies the requirements of the competition.
www.champcarworldseries.com /News/Article.asp?ID=8417   (509 words)

 The New Atlantis - A Journal of Technology and Society
Today, we honor Mojave Aerospace Ventures’ SpaceShipOne, the winner of the X Prize, for traversing this second kind of frontier.
They have accepted and exceeded the X Prize Foundation’s challenge, proving that commercial space transportation is viable and that space and its exploration and utilization will not be the sole arena of government, but is also open to the private sector and to private individuals and private companies.
What we have seen, through this accomplishment by Mojave Aerospace, is that this may be a vehicle to achieve new goals in space....
www.thenewatlantis.com /archive/7/soa/verbatim.htm   (635 words)

 Ticketed for space: Passenger rocket planned | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Branson, 54, announced a deal to license technology from Mojave Aerospace Ventures, the firm owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen that bankrolled the historic suborbital space flight by SpaceShipOne in June.
SpaceShipOne will launch again tomorrow from Mojave in a bid for the $10 million Ansari X Prize, which will go to the first privately developed, reusable, three-seat spacecraft to reach an altitude of 62 miles twice in 14 days.
Virgin said its agreement with Mojave Aerospace could be worth up to $25 million over the next 15 years, depending on the number of spaceships it builds.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20040928/news_1n28space1.html   (808 words)

 SR.com: Ship rockets and rolls closer to X Prize
Pilot Mike Melvill celebrates on top of SpaceShipOne after landing as the Mojave Aerospace Ventures team attempts to win the Ansari X Prize in Mojave, Calif., Wednesday.
MOJAVE, Calif. – A privately funded spacecraft appeared to rocket past its target altitude more than 60 miles above California's high desert Wednesday morning, reaching the edges of space despite a series of unexpected rolls, and moving one step closer to winning a $10 million prize.
The Virgin deal is good news for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, an entrepreneur and space enthusiast whose Mojave Aerospace Ventures has spent more than $20 million funding SpaceShipOne's development.
www.spokesmanreview.com /tools/story_pf.asp?ID=29323   (673 words)

 SPACE.com -- SpaceShipOne: Soaring Toward Tomorrow (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The small desert town of Mojave, California is bracing for a cosmic Woodstock with plans for an all-night party and, yes, T-shirts.
A desert airdrome in Mojave, California is on the final glide path to getting government approval for becoming an inland gateway to space.
At a Mojave, California test site, a hybrid rocket motor design that could boost Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne to the edge of space was given a full-duration shakeout on September 4.
www.space.com.cob-web.org:8888 /missionlaunches/sso_rutan_archive.html   (1423 words)

 ANSARI X PRIZE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
They are currently developing new composite manufacturing processes for application to general aviation, fighters and new space launch vehicles.
Rutan moved to Mojave, California, and formed the Rutan Aircraft Factory (RAF).
Brian Binnie (upper left) was at the controls on December 17th, 2003, as SpaceShipOne broke the sound barrier over the desolate Mojave desert becoming the first supersonic flight conducted and operated completely ndependent of the government.
web1-xprize.primary.net /teams/mojave_aerospace_ventures.php   (658 words)

 SPACE.com -- SpaceShipOne Wins $10 Million Ansari X Prize in Historic 2nd Trip to Space
Pilot Brian Binnie waves from a porthole as SpaceShipOne is carried underneath the White Knight aircraft as it taxis to takeoff in its quest to win the Ansari X Prize at Mojave, Calif., Airport, Monday, Oct. 4, 2004.
MOJAVE, CALIFORNIA -- Human flight took a significant step forward today as the privately built SpaceShipOne flew into suborbital space for the second time in five days, securing the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
The MAV team is led by research aircraft developer Burt Rutan, chief of Scaled Composites, based here at the Mojave Spaceport.
www.space.com /missionlaunches/xprize2_success_041004.html   (1318 words)

 The Space Review: Ka-CHING!
There were fewer people out in Mojave than for the first two flights to space according to a casual look by some of the folks who had been to all three flights.
Mojave Aerospace Ventures is not resting on its laurels.
If the operating cost and turnaround time can be achieved on the fleet that Richard Branson has announced he could buy from Mojave Aerospace Ventures, the project will be off to a great start.
www.thespacereview.com /article/240/1   (929 words)

 CT company heads to the final frontier -- UP Aerospace and its amazing adventure start in New Mexico
UP Aerospace is a small Farmington-based company that will launch its own commercial rocket at the Upham, N.M., site years before any of Branson’s ships even crack the stratosphere, as they are slated to do by 2010.
As a matter of fact, UP Aerospace’s first rocket to space carrying a commercial payload is scheduled for launch in New Mexico in just a few months, on March 27, 2006.
The last few months of 2005 have caught Knight and his corporate president, Jerry Larson, who is based in Denver, in a whirlwind of activity, with trips back and forth to the 27-acre site in the New Mexico desert that will one day — they hope — be a bustling commercial space center.
upaerospace.com /news/HBJ/WELCOME_TO_THE_HARTFORD_BUSINESS_JOURNAL.html   (1140 words)

 H. Res. 820 Congratulating Mojave Aerospace Venture for Winning the Ansari X Prize | Commercial Space News
What we have seen, through this accomplishment by Mojave Aerospace, is that this may be a vehicle to achieve new goals in space, and we will be looking into this.
Now, a little over a century later Mojave Aerospace Ventures has followed in the footsteps of the Wright Brothers by designing, building and successfully flying the world's first privately funded spacecraft.
Speaker, the private support of Paul Allen, for the Mojave Aerospace Ventures was critical in reaching this historical milestone.
www.comspacewatch.com /news/viewsr.html?pid=14176   (2435 words)

 Your Daily Briefing Of Satellite
Mojave Desert, CA, Oct. 5/Satnews Daily/ — SpaceShipOne built by Mojave Aerospace Ventures, LLC successfully made its second flight to space in five days winning the $10 million Ansari X Prize and ushering a new era of space tourism.
Branson, owner of the Virgin Atlantic airline, announced last September 27 an agreement with MAV to license SpaceShipOne technology and develop the first privately funded spaceships that will carry commercial passengers on space flights.
The Ansari X Prize was designed to jumpstart the space tourism industry through competition among the most talented entrepreneurs and rocket experts in the world.
www.satnews.com /stories11/618.htm   (410 words)

 Space Adventures — Space Tourism Pioneers, Space Adventures and the Ansari X Prize Title Sponsors, to Provide ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
This joint venture will fully develop and provide a set of turnkey operational space tourism systems that include the delivery of several suborbital launch vehicles to multiple global locations.
Prodea co-founders, Hamid, Anousheh and Amir Ansari are best known as the title sponsors of the Ansari X Prize, the $10 million (USD) prize that was awarded to Mojave Aerospace Ventures, funded by Paul Allen, for the development and successful flight of SpaceShipOne.
We collaborate with visionary entrepreneurs determined to revolutionize their field in the areas of telecom, biomedicine, aerospace, multimedia, and significant social undertakings.
www.spaceadventures.com /media/releases/2006-02/346   (731 words)

 News | Engineering at Illinois | University of Illinois   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Mojave Aerospace Ventures, LLC Team, developer of SpaceShipOne, made history by launching a privately financed, manned spaceship to 100 km altitude, twice within one week, each carrying a pilot and the weight and volume equivalent of two additional passengers.
ISS, a local chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, was created to develop a network of students and members of the surrounding community who are interested in space science, engineering, entrepreneurship, and education.
According to Mark Schaffer, a junior in aerospace engineering and chief coordinator for this trip, “Primarily, we worked in the VIP seating section, which was really close to the launch site.
www.engr.uiuc.edu /news/index.php?xId=063708640742   (518 words)

Blakey also formally recognized Burt Rutan, Paul Allen, and Mojave Aerospace Ventures LLC on behalf of the Department of Transportation and the FAA for winning the Ansari X Prize.
She presented each with a plaque commemorating the achievement, which coincidentally occurred on the 47th anniversary of the satellite Sputnik’s launch in 1957.
Mojave Aerospace Ventures won the Ansari X Prize on Monday, but will have to wait about a month to collect the $10 million.
www.eaa.org /communications/eaanews/041005_recap.html   (1019 words)

 Scaled Composites - Virgin Group to licence technology to develop world's first commercial space tourism operator
The technology is currently owned by a Paul Allen company called Mojave Aerospace Ventures (‘M.A.V.’) and was originally developed to fulfil Paul Allen’s vision of building the world’s first privately funded, reusable space vehicle (‘SpaceShipOne’), which will undertake its first Ansari X Prize flight later this week.
The licensing deal with M.A.V. could be worth up to £14 million ($21.5 million) over the next fifteen years depending on the number of spaceships built by Virgin.
Virgin, a leading branded venture capital organization, is one of the world's most recognized and respected brands.
www.scaled.com /projects/tierone/092704_scaled_paul_allen_virgin_galactic.htm   (1046 words)

 LCU > The Duster Today > Story
Twenty-four teams from all around the world competed for the X-Prize before Mojave Aerospace Ventures successfully made the two required runs to the Final Frontier.
The project cost approximately $20 million, which was primarily funded by Mojave Aerospace Ventures owner and Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen.
The goal of the X-Prize foundation is to “Jumpstart the space tourism industry through competition among the most talented entrepreneurs and rocket experts in the world.” They fall among over 100 other prize-based competitions from 1905 to present day, all of which added incentives to making aviation discoveries.
www.lcu.edu /LCU/Duster/storyprint.htm?ID=571   (363 words)

 Mojave Aerospace Ventures Wins Ansari X-Prize, Applies for Federal Airline Bailout   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
(Mojave, CA) Mojave Aerospace Ventures (MAV), the Paul Allen-backed partnership that recently won the Ansari X-prize earlier this month, announced today that is applying for a federal bailout under the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act.
In related news, MAV announced today that it is entering bankruptcy proceedings in an effort to force wage and labor concessions from SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie.
Specifically, MAV attorneys told federal bankruptcy judges in an October 8 hearing that the solvency of their client's pilot pension fund is in jeopardy and that MAV may be forced to suspend quarterly pension fund payments in order to secure federal bailout loans.
www.whitewashedweb.com /ansari.html   (375 words)

 Congressman Bill Thomas - Serving The 22nd District Of California (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
I am proud to represent Burt Rutan and his team based in Mojave, California, and it has been a great pleasure to watch their success.
As part of a competition stimulating private enterprise in an area that formerly was totally government-controlled, the Ansari X Prize Foundation and the collaborators of Mojave Aerospace Ventures have proven that private organizations can achieve anything they put their minds to.
Although almost 80 years apart, the X Prize is similar to the reward that in part led Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic in 1927.
billthomas.house.gov.cob-web.org:8888 /News.asp?FormMode=Detail&ID=227   (261 words)

 Space Tourism
According to the Space Tourism Initiative, a survey completed by the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) in 1995, in North America (U.S. and Canada) of 1020 households concluded that overall, 60% of those surveyed were interested in traveling to space for a vacation.
The X Prize Foundation hoped that their X Prize would stimulate the development of commercial space tourism by awarding the $10 million prize to the first private team to build and fly a reusable spaceship capable of carrying three individuals on a sub-orbital flight.
On October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne and Mojave Aerospace Ventures, LLC.
aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov /HAS/cirr/em/6/7.cfm   (1948 words)

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