2 October 2003
Online - Vehicles (Bad)
SpaceShipOne Flight Test
Problems emerge
by Alan Breakstone
SpaceShipOne flew its third glide test last week. Unfortunately it encountered major stability problems that almost led to a crash. According to an article in The Space Review, "[Pilot Mike] Melvill struggled to pitch the nose down to get out of the stall, and in the process the vehicle started to roll."

Scaled Composites is currently examining the problem. But as this is only a flight test, setbacks should be expected.
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Alan Breakstone 2 October 2003
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