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Flight: 73 / GF16
Date: 29 Sep 11 Flight Time: 7 min, 15 sec
SS2 Pilot: Stucky SS2 CoPilot: Nichols SS2 FTE: Persall
GS Crew: Alsbury, Verderame, Kalogiannis, Vannoy, Glasser, Reid, Inks, Tighe, Bassett
Post maintenance functional check flight
Evaluate stability and control
Previous flutter point validation
Increased weight landing (using water ballast)
Test card called for releasing the Spaceship from WhiteKnightTwo and immediately entering a rapid descent. Upon release, the Spaceship experienced a downward pitch rate that caused a stall of the tails. The crew followed procedure, selecting the feather mode to revert to a benign condition. The crew then defeathered and had a nominal return to base. Great flying by the team and good demo of feather system.
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