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


Re: Over-Speed lock

Just guessing: the feathering tail is intended to be deployed at high speed in the rarefied atmosphere of near SPAAACE, not the 200-300 mBar at 30-40,000 ft. Probably the speed would then decrease gradually during re-entry. The combination of high speed and dense atmosphere might over-stress the structure, either directly or by producing a violent un-commanded pitch up.

It will be interesting to read the accident report when it gets released.

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