Patent for Winged Spacecraft

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Burt Rutan has just been awarded the patent for “Winged Spacecraft”. This of course comes about 2 and a half years after his company Scaled Composites using SpaceShipOne (a winged spacecraft) to capture the X Prize.

A rocket-powered spacecraft having a wing which has hinged aft portions which can be elevated about a hinge line. “

Here is the patent.

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