New SpaceShipTwo Drop Test Over the Desert

SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo circle over the Mojave Air and Space Port during a successful glide flight on July 18, 2012. (Credit: Bill Deaver)

SpaceShipTwo made another glide flight last Thursday, this time with feathering. Details below.

Flight:WK2 91 – SS2 GF20
Date:2 Aug 12
WK2 Flight Time:
1.6 hoursSS2 Flight Time:8 min
WK2 Pilot:
SieboldWK2 CoPilot:MackayWK2 FTE: Bassett
SS2 Pilot:StuckySS2 CoPilot:Nichols
GS Crew:Binnie, Verderame, Kalogiannis, Bourgeois, Knupp, Tighe, Cassebeer, M. Fuchs

WK2 Objectives:
SS2 release mission
Evaluate horizontal tail thermal protection

WK2 Results:
All objectives achieved.

SS2 Objectives:
Feathered strake evaluation
Evaluate elevon dampers and rudder locks
Forward CG landing

SS2 Results:
All objectives achieved.