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Virgin Galactic Completes First Test Flight Of SpaceShipTwo’s “Feather” Re-Entry System

2 May 2017
SPACE reports that Virgin Galactic on Monday conducted the first test flight of its second SpaceShipTwo, called VSS Unity, featuring a revamped “feather” atmospheric re-entry system designed to address issues revealed by the fatal 2014 crash that destroyed the original spaceship. The VSS Unity took flight carried by the White Knight Two carrier aircraft from the Mojave Air and Space Port, and was released at an altitude of 51,000 feet for the unpowered flight. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said, “It was a great day here in Mojave.” The redesigned reentry system enables “a slower, safer plunge through the atmosphere.” (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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