Virgin Galactic just had their first 'feathered' flight. This reentry technique allows the plane to slow down enough during reentry so that damage caused by extreme heating caused by friction is reduced dramatically. No more tiles needed, no more red-hot underbellies. Watch and be amazed!
Does anyone have more information about where spaceflight is going? Who will take the lead from here? Private industry, like Virgin Galactic, or public ventures, like NASA or the ESA?