Thursday, 5 May 2011
Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two (SS2) made its seventh test flight yesterday (the third this week) and tested its novel 'feathered' re-entry technology.
On re-entry, the tail section rotates upwards to a 65-degree angle to the fuselage to slow the SS2 through the drag induced. Once the SS2 is back in the earth's atmosphere, the tail section returns to its normal glide mode for landing. This amazing design, inspired by the shuttlecock, is a unique safety innovation.
Tickets are on sale at US$200,000 if you want to join over 410 Virgin Galactic astronauts who have so far booked for the early flights.
Posted by Tom Warsop at 10:40