Coming Home

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Atmospheric reentry. Plasma reaction battery activated: accumulates and stores energy for other phases of flight.

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High altitude speedbraking. Top and bottom airbrakes extend to reduce airspeed sufficiently to extend wings.

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Conventional flight to landing station

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Transition to VTOL mode for landing

After a good day's work on orbit, Phaedon returns to station. Variable geometry facilitates smooth transition through different phases of the return flight.