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The Kodak Zx1 battled bravely on, however, and delivered this tremendous footage of the Vulture 1 drop at 89,591ft:

Here are five grabs of the drop, including two of the distant aircraft in an upright, going-forward-flying configuration; something bound to infuriate the armchair aerospace experts among the El Reg commentards, whose own space plane projects haven't got any further than the gobbing-off stage:

The Vulture 1 dropping away from the main payload

The Vulture 1 flies away from the main payload

The Vulture 1 port wing tip passes the camera

The Vulture 1 in flight, seen below the main payload

Another view of the distant Vulture 1 in flight

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