Sir Richard Branson is founder of the Virgin Group, consisting of more than 200 companies employing over 50,000 people in 30 countries, and recording more than $20 billion in 2006 revenues. An entrepreneur since the age of 17, Richard has built a variety of companies into global successes. From music and financial services to airlines and mobile telephony, the Virgin brand epitomizes innovation, exceptional customer service, and widespread customer loyalty. In the spirit of his own business activities, Richard started Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation that works together with business partners, non-profits, and Virgin Group employees on global environmental, educational, and health initiatives. Since 1985, Richard has also been involved in a number of world record-breaking attempts. Richard is married with two children."
- The space shutter is Air Launch not Ground Launch. (Air Launch means short rocket burn which minimize toxic emissions)
- Light Resilient Composite Construction.
- Rocket Propellants Benign and Controllable.
- Unique Wing Feathering Technology for a Carefree and Heatfree Re-entry (this design is based on badminton shuttlecock)
- Reuseable Vehicle
I personally like the animation video below as it shows the whole process of having a holiday in space. This video was showned on the 2nd Day of General Session of Solidworks World 2009. I had difficulty to search for this animation video but finally i found it at youtube and with Jason's help, i managed to convert these video files from youtube to MP4 and from MP4 to AVI. I hope that i am the first person who post this animation in solidworks related blog.
This successful REAL story is a combination of :
REMARKABLE MAN + REMARKABLE DESIGN + REMARKABLE EFFORT = SPACESHIP ONE.
i hope you will like this post.