Scaled Performs First SS2 Feather Flight Test

By Guy Norris guy_norris@aviationweek.com .
Los Angeles .

Scaled Composites tested the feathering re-entry mechanism of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo in flight for the first time on May 4.

The test, conducted during the seventh glide flight of the 60-ft.-long, 42-ft.-wingspan commercial spaceship, was performed shortly after release from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft at 51,500 ft. After attaining a stable glide ...

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