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The Sky is Not the Limit!

Help us with manufacturing costs to give flight to these SpaceShipOne and White Knight flying models

the RutanRC team at RCX this past weekend
the RutanRC team at RCX this past weekend

Pledge $169 now and you will receive the RC SpaceShipOne and the 6ft White Knight Glider. This will be a $299 combo later at retail so...scroll down all the possible pledges to the right and join us!

See the SpaceShipOne flying at RCX by clicking this link  http://www.thatdroneshow.com/back-the-rutan-rc-spaceship-one-project/

Not many days left to pre-order for $169 compared to proposed retail pricing of $299+. You can also pre-order the amazing White Knight glider alone for only $40! Make sure you share with friends and family.

Help us fund the final development and manufacturing of these radical, revolutionary RutanRC models. 

Power the RutanRC SpaceShipOne and the White Knight glider to an altitude where you can remotely initiate separation. Continue to control the powerful, ducted fan SS1 while the White Knight glider spirals to a landing. 

our RC SpaceShipOne prototype ready for another test flight
our RC SpaceShipOne prototype ready for another test flight

Take SS1 as high as you dare and initiate "re-entry" by deploying the feathering tail feature, just like the real X-Prize winning ship. 

RC SpaceShipOne's innovative feathering
RC SpaceShipOne's innovative feathering

The feathered SS1 will descend in a controlled steep glide until you reconfigure the tail to the powered flight position for more powered flight, or for landing. 

The White Knight is a crazy, fun glider all ages will enjoy
The White Knight is a crazy, fun glider all ages will enjoy

Each Rutan design has unique features and is a wonderful way to explore and understand aerodynamics. 

Modeling empowers innovation in aviation enthusiasts of all ages

We’re in danger of failing to inspire the next generation of kids to think about flight, exploration and creativity. It is this spirit which drives our mission to inspire the imagination of tomorrows’ innovators by challenging them to make things fly!

Burt’s longtime dream of conquering space came true on June 21, 2004 when pilot Mike Melvill climbed aboard SpaceShipOne, was launched into space from the White Knight, and, after a successful flight, landed safely on an airstrip at the Mojave Airport.

Named one of Time Magazine’s "100 most influential people in the world,” and described by Newsweek, as "the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer,” Burt Rutan created some of the most radical, revolutionary planes every flown.  

Dan and Jeff have developed fully functional prototypes of White Knight and SpaceShipOne

The impressive team has an unending supply of ideas for innovative RC aircraft. The partnership of Burt’s innovative ideas with Dan Kreigh’s creative model design skills is completed by Jeff Corsiglia’s proven ability to invent and commercialize flying products through the engineering, manufacturing and distribution processes and deliver them to your door step.

Once you have our planes we encourage you to enjoy the new flight features and how fun they are to fly. But don’t stop there. We then want you use our platform as a launch pad for your new ideas. Hack ours. Make things that fly in new ways. We want to be the magnet for innovation.

And stay tuned for more announcements about ways RutanRC will be rewarding your innovations. A key part of our mission is to reward and encourage innovation in model aeronautics.  

Burt: Behind-the-scenes

Still frame from antennaFILMS / Scott B and Sandy Guthrie’s Looking Up, Way Up! the Burt Rutan Story
Still frame from antennaFILMS / Scott B and Sandy Guthrie’s Looking Up, Way Up! the Burt Rutan Story

We have and will share unreleased video clips of Burt in his garage working on SkiGull.  Our backers will be brought into the inner circle as his radical, revolutionary new plane is introduced.

Great gift idea

Looking for a unique gift idea, especially for Mother's or Father’s Day? As a backer of the $149 combo or higher you can request our gift card that will be sent for a birthday or other event.

Grant Imahara, robot builder, RC modelmaker and television host on Mythbusters on the importance of modeling

 

Why we need you!

Burt Rutan will be an adviser to RutanRC on design and an ongoing source of innovation and inspiration. He is now retired and working on SkiGull, his radical long-range seaplane. So it will be up to Dan, Jeff and you Kickstarters to help give flight to our dreams of RutanRC. Please join us!

Burt discusses importance of modeling

Timeline to deliver SpaceShipOne and White Knight

Risks and challenges

Dan Kreigh worked side by side with Burt Rutan for more than 20 years as a Scaled Composites engineer on many Rutan designs, including the original SpaceShipOne, and is a master model builder. Now, he is designing, building, and testing RC model prototypes of them. Dan’s responsibility will be to ensure Burt’s vision is clearly translated into the look and performance of RutanRC’s products.

Jeff Corsiglia led research and development for AirHogs®, the largest maker of toy RC aircraft in the world, creating such firsts as HELIX +4. SharpShooter, and many other RC hits. Jeff’s product development, manufacturing and mass market experience will help deliver Burt’s vision and Dan’s model expertise to enthusiast’s hands.

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    RUTAN REVOLUTIONARY -- Be a part of exciting updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on the progress of RutanRC. From what’s been announced, SkiGull is a two-seater equipped with a retractable ski system that allows it to take off and land on most terrains including lakes, rivers, oceans, grass, snow and runways. We appreciate your support.

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    Radical RutanRC BASEBALL CAP -- Be a part of exciting updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on the progress of RutanRC. From what’s been announced, SkiGull is a two-seater equipped with a retractable ski system that allows it to take off and land on most terrains including lakes, rivers, oceans, grass, snow and runways. PLUS Radical. RutanRC baseball cap. We appreciate your support.
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    WHITE KNIGHT FLYER – Lands you 1) the 6-foot foam construction of the radical White Knight flyer that independently, is a crazy fun foam flyer. Plus 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC. 3) Special Kickstarter plane decal that shows you were part of the first production run. **All International shipment costs must be paid by the receiver.

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    EARLY BIRD MODEL COMBO -- White Knight and SpaceShipOne RC Model Combo – Lands you 1) the 6-foot foam-construction radical White Knight glider plus the high-flying SpaceShipOne. SS1 is equipped with Bind and Fly (BNF) capability and comes with a basic transmitter allowing it to be flown out of the box. Plus 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull 3) Special Kickstarter plane decal that shows you were part of the first production run (Estimated retail price for the combo after the campaign will be $299 USD)

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    MODEL COMBO White Knight and SpaceShipOne – Lands you 1) the 6-foot, foam construction White Knight glider plus the high flying SpaceShipOne. SS1 is equipped with Bind and Fly (BNF) capability and comes with a basic transmitter allowing it to be flown out of the box. Plus 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC 3) Special Kickstarter plane decal that shows you were part of the first production run (Estimated retail price for the combo after the campaign will be $299 USD)
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    CLUB PACK -- Two White Knights and two SpaceShipOne Combos for your club/class. Lands you TWO of the 6-foot, foam construction White Knight gliders plus two high flying SpaceShipOnes. The SS1 is equipped with Bind and Fly (BNF) capability and comes with a basic transmitter allowing it to be flown out of the box. Plus 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC. 3) Special Kickstarter plane decals that shows you were part of the first production run 4) Includes pass code for your group to dial into Burt Rutan’s presentation at the EAA in Oshkosh. (Estimated retail price after the campaign for two combos will be $599 USD)
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    RUTAN MODELER -- Best for serious modelers only. Pre-production foam parts for SpaceShipOne formed during our final prototyping development, signed by model designer Dan Kreigh. Be the first to fly your own SpaceShipOne – you supply equipment of your choice. You can then finish and tweak it in any way you desire to make it your own version of the SS1, add feathering, etc. We’ll send you 1) pre-production foam parts for the SpaceShipOne 2) initial engineering files signed by Dan Kreigh. You’ll also be part of 3) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull on RutanRC 4) Special Kickstarter plane decal that shows you were part of the first production run … and 5) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap. **All International shipment costs must be paid by the receiver.

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    A PIECE OF SPACE signed by Burt Because it’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. This special holiday card includes 1) photo from space taken by Astronaut Mike Melvill during the 1st X-Prize flight and 2) SpaceShipOne photo with Brian Binnie at the controls during the second X-Prize flight. The insert, signed by Burt Rutan, was onboard October 4th, 2004 during the second X-Prize flight. Own a piece of space that reached 367,463 feet and mach 3.3! You’ll also be part of 3) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC … and 4) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap. **All International shipment costs must be paid by the receiver.

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    Flight Deck Club AUTOGRAPHED COMBO -- White Knight and SpaceShipOne
    Lands you one Burt Rutan specially autographed White Knight and SpaceShipOne 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC. 3) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap 4) Special Kickstarter plane decal that shows you were part of the first production run … and 5) Special reserved seating at Burt’s presentation at EAA in Oshkosh, or code to dial-in. **All International shipment costs must be paid by the receiver.

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    FLYING PIECE OF SPACE signed by Burt
    "The fastest balsa wood airplane in history.” Receive a balsa wood model airplane that was aboard SS1 into space and achieved mach 3.1 and has been above 337,000 feet high! Each one has a certificate of authenticity signed by Burt. No guarantees that they will achieve mach 3 again!" Burt wanted these very entry level models to symbolize that starting modeling in your youth can lead to greatness, even space. Plus 2) Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane. And of course updates on RutanRC … and 4) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap.

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    SIGNED SkiGull DRAWINGS -- Autographed, frame-ready working drawings for the radical, revolutionary full-scale SkiGull. SkiGull is a two-seater equipped with a retractable ski system that allows it to take off and land on most terrains including lakes, rivers, oceans, grass, snow and runways. These large-scale color CAD printouts have Burt’s hand-drawn revisions and calculations and are signed by Burt. The drawing will be shipped once SkiGull is unveiled later this year. Also included 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC. 3) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap. **All International shipment costs must be paid by the receiver.

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    SIGNED RutanRC MODEL drawings
    Secure a signed, limited-edition drawing of the first RC model built by RutanRC. The 24" x 24” frame-ready color CAD exploded-view assembly drawings of the SS1 model, will be signed by Burt, Dan and Jeff. Also included 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane, SkiGull and on RutanRC. 3) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap.

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    DINNER WITH BURT and his inner circle at EAA in Oshkosh. Hear all the interactions about SkiGull and RutanRC. Enjoy asking Burt questions and being part of the discussions on all things Burt, RutanRC and events at EAA. Also lands you one Burt Rutan specially autographed White Knight and SpaceShipOne 2) Updates on Burt: Behind-the-Scenes countdown to his new radical, revolutionary plane. And of course updates on RutanRC. 3) Radical. RutanRC baseball cap 4) Special Kickstarter plane decal that shows you were part of the first production run … and 5) Special reserved seating at Burt’s presentation at EAA (Reward is for someone already attending EAA with their own accommodations as rooms are mostly sold out.) Email info@RutanRC.com and specifics can be discussed.

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    FLY MODELS WITH BURT AND DAN
    Burt and Dan will fly into your locale and spend time flying models with your club. They’ll demonstrate the new SS1 and White Knight models and fly yours. Burt will give an informal presentation and enjoy a Q&A session with your group. All details to be arranged to the schedule of both parties. Domestic locations only. Email info@RutanRC.com and specifics can be discussed.

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    DINNER WITH BURT in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    Enjoy a one-on-one dinner with Burt and Tonya. We’ll print out CAD drawings of your favorite plane for you two to discuss and Burt will sign as a memento. All details to be arranged to the schedule of both parties. Email info@RutanRC.com and specifics can be discussed.

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