aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Ah yeah. Privately Funded SpaceShipOne
Posted by dav at 2003 December 17 04:32 PM
File under: Geek

Ah yeah. Privately Funded SpaceShipOne Breaks Sound Barrier.

At motor shutdown, 15 seconds after ignition, SpaceShipOne was climbing at a 60-degree angle and flying near 1.2 Mach (930 mph).

Binnie continued the maneuver to a vertical climb, achieving zero speed at an altitude of 68,000 feet. He then configured the ship in its high-drag "feathered" shape to simulate the condition it will experience when it enters the atmosphere after a sub-orbital space flight.

At apogee, SpaceShipOne was in near-weightless conditions, emulating the characteristics it will later encounter during the planned space flights in which it will be at zero-g for more than three minutes.

The X-Prize has to be one of the most positive challenges in recent scientific history. At Burning Man this year, I saw White Knight flying over black rock city. It really got my geek heart thumnpin' (White Knight is the carrier plane that takes SpaceShipOne to altitude before the rocket ignites).


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