Burt Rutan, founder of California’s Scaled Composites, was the very first Design News Engineer of the Year in 1988 and one of the most admired engineers in America. His engineering team has designed, tested, and flown a whole series of leading edge aircraft, ranging from the Voyager – the first plane to fly around the world without refueling – to SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded manned aircraft to fly into space. In this interview with Contributing Editor Larry Maloney, Rutan tells what is needed to spur innovation in aerospace.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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