Aerospace pioneers discuss the future of manned space flight at Student Forum

Dick RutanAt one point during the Turner Construction Student Forum Nov. 6, test pilot Dick Rutan (left) asked a question of the attendees: “How many of you think Albert Einstein was right when he said it was not possible to fly faster than the speed of light? …If you raised your hand, then shame on you. When I was your age, they were saying the same thing about the speed of sound, and guess what happened?

“You’re young, and you have tools that can do things no one can yet imagine,” Rutan added. “You will do great things if you don’t talk yourself out of trying, if you start looking at barriers as opportunities for greatness.”

Brian BinnieRutan and fellow pilot Brian Binnie (right), whose exploits have helped open outer space to future commercial travel, fielded questions from students from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area about everything from the challenges of manned space flight to managing a creative team. They visited the University to speak in the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. Read more from SMU News.