These Buckos are testing seats in the legendary jet "Vomit Comet" apparently to determine potential comfort issues for the crew who would eventually take the joy ride in space.
Well more than warranted. But wasn't test flights supposed to occur late 2007? And there still testing seat designs?
I guess the argument could be made that for the SS2 most of the design is already a "fait accompli" thanks to the already flown SS1.
But in this article they're talking new engine, possibly new fuel... Although that is denied, the denial sounded like a half implication half denial. The truth is mused, but I left not knowing quite what the plan was for the SS2.
I don't know if this is just bad engineering or just bad pr.