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Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills one

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Posted in Science on 31st Oct, 2014 11:46 PM by AlexMuller

At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert. The craft was flying a manned test when it experienced what the company described as "a serious anomaly". It was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles.

 
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson tweeted he was flying to California "to be with the team". "Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support," Sir Richard said. Both pilots were employed by Scaled Composites. One was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was transported to a local hospital in an unknown condition.
 
Television images shot from a helicopter showed what appeared to be wreckage bearing the Virgin logo. Officials have said the debris is currently strewn over a large area. In a statement, Virgin Galactic said the "vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo". The aircraft that held the spaceship, known as White Knight 2, has landed safely, Virgin Galactic said.

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-11-01
+1
Bad news. This shows that challenges of space explorations and space tourism are significant and much more has to be done before this is safe and useful Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-21
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I'd be happy with the big bowl of bath crystals. Love the floor pattern and when you see it you can't help think "why didn't someone think of that beeuof?&qort; I love the Burberry plaid so I would be quite happy with this floor. xx Reply


 

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