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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashe

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One test pilot has died and another has been seriously injured in the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during a test flight from Mojave Air and Space Port, California. The company said that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly that resulted in loss of the vehicle. Parachutes were reportedly sighted in the area. One witness said he saw an in-flight explosion and saw debris of the spacecraft scattered across a small area in the desert. The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely.

It appears the anomaly developed when, or shortly after, ignition of the hybrid-fuel rocket motor. It was the first in-flight firing in over nine months. Virgin Galactic had switched from a rubber-based compound fuel to a plastic-based mix that was designed to improve motor performance. Today's test had been delayed by weather for some three hours. After a 45 minute climb to 50,000 feet attached to WhiteKnightTwo, SpaceShipTwo was released for its test flight. The accident occurred not long after release

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It'll be interesting if/when the video of the test comes out. Hopefully it won't be like it was back in the 60's where NASA was just pushing too hard to make some arbitrary deadline. Since NASA is now out of the manned-space flight business who knows what kinds of checks and balances were in place

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Sorry for the loss but rubber and plastic based fuels?

...that information is above my pay grade. But I'm afraid that Commercial space flight is going to learn the same lessons as NASA. It's dangerous and unforgiving.

Sad to lose a member of the aviation community, over 100 years we have been challenging the skys...and we are still learning.

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it's very tragic, the private space exploration comunity has felt this loss especialy hard . my uncle works at scaled composits and they are a very tight knit family. unfortunately from what ive heard so far it might have been pilot error.

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