The test pilots who have been flying SpaceShipTwo report on their work at a test pilot symposium.


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The test pilots who have been flying SpaceShipTwo report on their work at a test pilot symposium.

Lots of interesting engineering details about the ship’s flight capabilities, including one near disaster that was saved by SpaceShipTwo’s robust design. No details, however, on the state of the ship’s engine, or when further test flights at higher and higher altitudes will be attempted.

Posted from home, Tucson, Arizona.

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  • joe

    Sounds like the pilots had their hands full for a few seconds, test flight regimes come with all sorts of surprises, glad they were able to sort it out.

  • My nominee for engineering understatement of the year:

    “After four turns, we spontaneously decided to activate the feathering device. It was designed for carefree reentry from space, not as a spin recovery system, but it functions well in that role.”

    Last year’s nominee was the description of the Falcon 9 engine failure:

    ‘rapid unscheduled dis-assembly’

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