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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'unlocked tailbooms' going through sound barrier

DropBear Silver badge

Re: Over-Speed lock

The tail feathering is designed to operate at ludicrous speed, its whole point is to get the spacecraft through the high speed "re-entry" phase. It is not, however, designed to be operated while the engine is still firing - you can see it would point the engine a significant angle away from the direction the craft is supposed to be travelling when feathered. Obviously that would mess things up more than a little bit...

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