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

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I'm no rocket ship pilot but unlocking one of the descent mechanisms while still on the way up seems to be an odd standard operating procedure. I wonder if this was a test of the mechanism under extreme load that's gone horribly wrong. I'd be interested to know what sort of control mechanism they have for the tail, I'm guessing it would be fly by wire so interference is a possibility I suppose.

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