Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:16 pm
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The X PRIZE Foundation is issuing out a call to arms for those interested in getting their hands dirty to further the cause of private spaceflight. In a tribute to the majesty of SpaceShipOne, the X PRIZE Foundation will be creating several full-size mockups of the historic private spacecraft to be used as early as this summer for outreach and education.

We are offering 10 students and young professionals the chance of a lifetime to come to the World’s First Inland Spaceport at Mojave, California, to build multiple full-scale mockups of the SpaceShipOne.

This amazing opportunity is only open mainly for students and young professionals as an educational project. We are also looking for a project lead with experience in composites and/or fiberglass lay-up to oversee the project to completion.

Working at Scaled Composites’ facilities, this team will dive in and get their hands dirty as they learn the spaceship building business.

Using the original tooling and methods employed in fabricating the actual spaceship, this will be an opportunity unlike any other. The project will take off in mid-January 2005 and continue throughout the spring semester. This highly competitive program could count for academic credit and will provide students and young professionals with the outstanding experience of working with composites, fiberglass lay-up and other processes associated with the building of a spaceship.

“This is an extraordinary educational opportunity to actually build a copy of SpaceShipOne using Burt Rutan’s original tooling,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, CEO and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation. “The folks who get chosen for this project will work within the Scaled Composites facility and have the opportunity of a lifetime. In fact, I hope to get out to Mojave to participate when I can as well.”

Project timeline: Mid January – Mid May
Location: Mojave, CA
Compensation: N/A
Other: Physical work required – must be able to lift more than 40lbs
Security: Background check will be performed
Transportation: You must provide your own transportation

Individuals who wish to be a part of this project should send a resume and cover letter describing why you would like to participate to:

Brooke Owens, Director of Team Relations & Special Projects at brooke@xprize.org. Deadline for application is January 10, 2005, however, we will fill available slots on a rolling basis so please apply as soon as possible. Interested parties should be advised that this opportunity is unpaid, but rich in opportunity.

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