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
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.
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.