High-res version

Similar to a badminton ball (birdy) the SpaceShipTwo glides beautifully through the air during the simulated re-entry from space. I must admit that my jaw dropped a bit when I first saw this. 

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“Early on Wednesday 4th May 2011, in the skies above Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial spaceship, demonstrated its unique reentry ‘feather’ configuration for the first time. This test flight, the third in less than two weeks, marks another major milestone on the path to powered test flights and commercial operations.”

Read more about Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two