Flipping end over end so those on space station can inspect the belly. Very cool.
|Quoting petera380 (Reply 3):|
So why does it do a back flip and not a roll?
|Quoting rwessel (Reply 4):|
Probably because the pitch maneuver lets them get a better look at the leading edges than a roll would.
|Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 5):|
Probably cause there are no nozzles on the wings, but there are on the nose and tail, so it makes much more sense to do a back flip then roll. You would need reaction rockets on the wingtips to affect a roll easily.