With SS2 attached to the center spar, the mothership WhiteKnightTwo (WK2/VMS Eve) took off at 6:43 a.m. PDT. Scaled Composites test pilots Pete Siebold and Clint Nichols were in the spaceship as Mark Stucky, Brian Maisler, and Brandon Inks manned the mothership. Forty-five minutes later SS2 cleanly released from 51,500 feet, established a stable glide profile, then deployed its re-entry feathered configuration by rotating its tail section upward to a 65 degree angle to the fuselage. It remained at a level pitch for approximately 1 minute, 15 seconds during a near-vertical 15,500 fpm descent.
As designed, SS2ís drop was slowed by the drag created by the raised tail section before the pilots reconfigured the spaceship to its normal glide mode around 33,500 feet and glided back to Mojave for a smooth landing. Elapsed time from its release to the ground was about 11 minutes, 5 seconds.