Lecture 1: The Origins of the Space Shuttle

author: Jeffrey Hoffman, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
author: Dale Myers, Department of Mathematics, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
author: Aaron Cohen, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Nov. 4, 2009,   recorded: September 2005,   views: 3851
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA)


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Comment1 Burnelli Support, August 22, 2013 at 1:56 a.m.:

The comment on Burnelli by the man in the video at about 36:50 is like most, short and uninformed. The man is highly educated in aviation but short on information on Burnelli. He comments that Burnelli built the first "lifting body" design. This is true. He goes on to say, "He built one of 'em and that was the end of that." This is not true.

Burnelli went on to build several more planes, each progressing in more efficient design. Even after his last plane in 1946, the CBY-3, Burnelli continued to stay ahead of the curve until his death in 1964. His last design, the GB-888A, a high-speed, possibly supersonic airliner, was reviewed by a NASA engineer in the early 2000's. He stated this design was "remarkably similar" to NASA's X-43B, hypersonic design. Even this is not "the end of it." I'm workin' on it.

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