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You can always make something work by adding complexity, but you can never make something affordable by adding complexity, explains Burt Rutan.

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We would have made progress on space travel if the NASA budget had allotted 20 percent for prizes that at least half the people thought couldn’t be done.

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As Obama approves offshore drilling, Burt Rutan affirms that the U.S. has centuries' worth of oil at its disposal, but thinks "it would be kind of cool if we just left ours in the ground and then when Saudi Arabia is out...charge them $1,000 a barrel for it."

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Imagine a world where mini planes are as ubiquitous as New York City taxicabs. That might be what it takes to fix our inefficient airline system.