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SpaceShip2: Full Feather

May 19, 2011 — Two weeks ago we reported on SpaceShipTwo’s first in-flight “feather” – its unique re-entry configuration designed by Burt Rutan that creates increased drag for the spacecraft to safely re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. Virgin Galactic provided a video this week about the mission, showing the tail section rotating to full feather and including cabin and mission control communications. The successful feathering test was called “a major milestone on the path to powered test flights and commercial operations.”

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