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Elbert Leander "Burt" Rutan (born June 17, 1943) is an American aerospace engineer noted for his originality in designing light, strong, unusual-looking, energy-efficient aircraft . He designed the record-breaking Voyager , which was the first plane to fly around the world without stopping or refueling, and the sub-orbital spaceplane SpaceShipOne , which won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004 for becoming the first privately funded spacecraft to enter the realm of space twice within a two-week period. He has five aircraft on display in the National Air and Space Museum : SpaceShipOne, the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer , Voyager, Quickie, and the VariEze. [ 1 ]
Anousheh Ansari ( Persian : انوشه انصاری ; née Raissyan ; [ 2 ] born September 12, 1966, in Mashhad , Iran ) is an engineer and the Iranian-American co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems . Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. (TTI). The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize . On September 18, 2006, a few days after her 40th birthday, she became the first Iranian in space. [ 3 ] Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist , and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station . Her memoir, My Dream of Stars , co-written with Homer Hickam , was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.
Ratan N Tata has been the Chairman of Tata Sons, the promoter holding company of the Tata group, since 1991. He is also the Chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues have grown manifold, totalling over $83 billion in 2010-11. Mr Tata also serves on the board of directors of Alcoa. He is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.