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    Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

    Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

    (Reuters) - A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

    The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.
    The back-to-back accidents dealt a considerable blow to the fledgling commercial space launch industry, which has been taking on more work traditionally done by the U.S. government while expanding for-profit space markets, including tourism.
    NASA infiltrators are trying to discredit private enterprise.
    Either that or space travel is HARD.

    Condolences to the families.
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    Re: Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

    PLease do not post in this thread. there is already one open and I have didn't-see-it-itis. Sorry Stang
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    Re: Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

    Quote Originally Posted by RogueWarrior View Post
    Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California



    NASA infiltrators are trying to discredit private enterprise.
    Either that or space travel is HARD.

    Condolences to the families.
    Private enterprise has been a huge part of NASA going back to the Apollo missions.

    My Dad worked as a Aeronautical engineer for one of those Contractors on a few of the Appollo launches.

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    Re: Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

    Was the new plastic-based fuel (first flight) the cause? In a few months we will know, hopefully.

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