Friday, October 31, 2014

#SpaceShipTwo - Virgin Galactic Rocket Crashes In The US Mojave Desert

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The #SpaceShipTwo crash has rather put a damper on excitement about commercial space travel being safe and available within a few years. Virgin Galactic, a British spaceflight company with aims of bringing suborbital tourism flights to the public, says it has suffered an "anomaly" on one of it's space ships today during a test flight over the Mojave Desert in California.

This is the second incident in less than a week where a vehicle in the commercial space industry has crashed or exploded. On Tuesday, an unmanned Antares rocket exploded just after takeoff off the coast of Virginia. According to CNN, a spokesman for Orbital Sciences Corporation later revealed that controllers deliberately destroyed the craft after it became apparent there was a problem.

This was the initial tweet by Virgin Galactic on the incident which they had been live-tweeting before the explosion.

A recent AP tweet says California Highway Patrol reports one pilot is dead and the other is injured.

Virgin later updated their reports thus;

A news conference for more details on the exploded Virgin Galactic aircraft is scheduled for 2 p.m. PST.

Images via CNN

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