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There are a couple of cool things about this flight.
First, how the wings on the aircraft articulate, causing it to slow down without stressing the craft:
The video shows SpaceShipTwo, also known as the VSS Enterprise, being released from its White Knight Two carrier airplane. Then the plane's wings fold up to create a "shuttlecock" shape that can fall freely through the atmosphere, shedding energy without flipping over or spinning wildly. Eventually, the wings are folded back down, turning the craft into a glider that rolls to a stop at California's Mojave Air and Space Port.
I'm digging the photography.
The target is dead on and clear throughout the flight. Perhaps it's computer controlled - similar to facial recognition on digital cameras. What ever it is, NASA should use it.
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