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Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Breaking News, Business, Featured, Science & Technology | 0 comments

Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead


A Virgin Galactic rocket plane known as SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Cantill area of the California Mojave desert during a test flight Friday morning, leaving one pilot dead and another injured, the California Highway Patrol reported. The pilots have not yet been identified, but Virgin reported that its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane landed safely. “Virgin Galactic’s partner…

Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead

UPDATE via TMV: NASA has issued this statement:

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden:

“On behalf of the entire NASA family, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the pilot lost in today’s accident involving Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, and we are praying for a speedy recovery of the other pilot.

“While not a NASA mission, the pain of this tragedy will be felt by all the men and women who have devoted their lives to exploration. Space flight is incredibly difficult, and we commend the passion of all in the space community who take on risk to push the boundaries of human achievement.”