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First Test Flight of Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise


Hat tip to my Facebook and co-gamer Doc Strange for posting this video to Facebook. Very cool initial test flight of the “feather” technique/process to be used by Virgin Galactic‘s space flight vehicle “VSS Enterprise” on reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. I need to research that a bit more before I can even begin to understand it.

Couple of amazing points about this video and the vehicles:

  • The initial airplane + reentry vehicle combination (turns out it’s the VMS Eve and VSS Enterprise). I am surprised that it has enough structural rigidity and strength so that just the VMS Eve along requires landing gear? The VSS Enterprise, slung between the two VMS Eve fuselages, is attached to the cross wing, and that’s it!
  • Tracking video – how on earth did they maintain the tight tracking to keep the vehicle in frame like that. Was video shot from the ground, or more likely (now that I think about it) from the chase plane that shadowed the entire flight. Still, the VSS Enterprise video is amazingly solid and well-kept in frame.
Does the VMS Eve + VSS Entprise remind anyone else of an old P-38 Lightning on steroids? And jets?

The New Twitter.com

twitter new user interface

via YouTube – Twitter: discover what’s new in your world.

Twitter rolled out a new version of its home page September 14. This video (maybe about halfway through, that is) shows you the new interface, and how it’s been updated. The main changes are the addition of pictures and videos, displayed right in your Twitter feed. Rather than having to click a shortened URL link through to a Twitter photo sharing site, or to YouTube or Vimeo to watch a video – you will now be able to see these media items right in your feed, on Twitter.com. Read more of this post