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1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic`s SS2

The feather position is shown after the drop from 51,000 feet. Passenger flights into space may be available next year!

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1st Feather Flight Of Virgin Galactic`s SS2. The feather position is shown after the drop from 51,000 feet. Passenger flights into space may be available next year!
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Male, 18-29, Western US
 237 Posts
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:21:27 PM
im glad someone else besides our government or any other government is putting forth the effort to go into space. im a bit weary of the whole shuttle thing, way too old and way too boring something about this just excites me=D i cant wait til this is fully functional

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 10129 Posts
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 7:12:18 AM
@corvid: From what I've read, once the "feathers" are locked down, the aircraft just rocks back and forth like that on purpose, kind of floating like a feather until it fully enters the atmosphere.

That way, the entry speed is slow enough as to not heat up the aircraft beyond tolerable levels, but it can still enter the atmosphere safely.

Drop a feather and watch it. It will rock back and forth, but it won`t flip over, and it maintains a constant rate of decent. Same thing here.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 21 Posts
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 4:34:19 AM
I'm currently training for my pilot`s licence, and while I am far from an expert, the aircraft looked quite unstable when they deployed the feathers and it looked like he was fighting to control it. Just my opinion, not sure if I`m right.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 382 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 10:58:24 PM
Sure it may be only for the richest of the rich now, but one day space exploration will be a real thing and its going to be privatized.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 64 Posts
Monday, May 23, 2011 6:39:50 PM
the font that they use makes that guys name look like George Whitesicles.. hahah

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