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What are you doing with your life?

Feeling pretty good about sticking with your New Year's resolutions through day 4? Check out this model of persistent performance:

Space entrepreneur Burt Rutan has been averaging more than one new aircraft design every year for the past three decades.

Rutan designed SpaceShipOne, the first private spacecraft, and now he's working on SpaceShipTwo:

    Rutan is toying with designs to accommodate up to eight passengers at a time, with enough upgrades to warrant a ticket in the 104,000 ($200,000) price range.

SS2 will be quite luxurious. Plenty of legroom and fully reclining seats, which will help elderly passengers handle the G-forces.

There's also good news for the astronaut wannabes among us:

    The mission now for his Mojave-based company, Scaled Composites, is to create 3,000 new astronauts a year - per departure point, Rutan adds, and per ship.

For more on Rutan, go here.

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