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

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

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

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

Conventional flight to landing station

Conventional flight to landing station

Transition to VTOL mode for landing

Transition to VTOL mode for landing

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