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SS2 faces major design decisions

Published by spacecowboy on Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:53 pm
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SpaceShipTwo will have redesigned wing and engine, but Virgin seeks solutions to flutter and g loading

Virgin Galactic still has major design decisions to make for the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) suborbital craft, which is planned to enter service in 2008 carrying seven tourists and two pilots.

The Virgin Group company says SS2 will have wing spoilers and a redesigned hybrid rocket engine, but solutions to subsonic wing flutter and g loading are still being sought.

The UK company wants to find a way of reducing the 5g that the Scaled Composites-designed SS2 will experience during re-entry and is working with NASA and Qinetiq to achieve that.

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