Spaceship One problems

From Aviation Week (no link due to the expensive subscription required):

Scaled Composites is planning changes for its SpaceShipOne rocketglider, following a pitchup incident in flight test that showed thecurrent configuration is not safe for the planned flight to 100 km.altitude.[...]The results were reported by the company three days later at the Society of Experimental Test Pilots' 47th Symposium held in Los Angeles.

Yes, even the greatest aerospace engineers are not perfect, but that is exactly why the greatest engineers test so much. The incident may mean that Scaled will not be doing a spaceshot for the 100th anniversary of the Wright's flight as planned. Stay tuned...

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