One Pilot Killed, One Injured In Virgin Galactic Spacecraft Explosion
The explosion happened in the California’s Mojave desert. One pilot, who ejected, was injured and the other was killed.
A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the company said.
“During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” the company said in a tweet, adding: “We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates ASAP.”…
More than 800 people have paid or put down deposits to fly aboard the spaceship, which is carried to an altitude of about 45,000 feet and released. The spaceship then fires its rocket motor to catapult it to about 62 miles (100 km) above Earth, giving passengers a view of the planet set against the blackness of space and a few minutes of weightlessness…
The spaceship is based on a prototype, called SpaceShipOne, which 10 years ago won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately developed manned spacecraft to fly in space.
Friday’s test was to be the spaceship’s first powered test flight since January.[su_csky_ad]