SpaceShipTwo 'Enterprise' crashes


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There are unconfirmed rumors it broke up while under rocket power.

Virgin Galactic ?@virgingalactic

#SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.

10:13 AM (Mojave time) - 31 Oct 2014

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Jesus. Not good :(

 

You can almost hear the sound of lots of wealthy people cancelling their tickets. 

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Unconfirmed report of 3 on board.

http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/news/local/story/d/story/spaceshiptwo-crashes-shortly-after-mojave-test-fli/11401/64VdLqg21EWpK1vuptvTsg

SpaceShipTwo, the Virgin Galactic space plane, has crashed east of Mojave, according to the director of the Mojave Air and Space Port Stu Witt.

Witt said a 2 p.m. news conference has been scheduled, and no further details will be available until then.

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Following on Twitter now. Not a good week for private space flight. Sounds like 1 pilot is KIA. :(

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Per AP: BREAKING: California Highway Patrol reports 1 fatality, 1 major injury after SpaceShipTwo accident.

 

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This might be the end of this whole endeavour and a serious damper on the private space tourism business. 

 

but we'll see, rich people might still have more money then sense. 

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Reports are an engine start, a stop, a restart then a catastrophic failure.

This won't bode well for Dream Chaser's CCtCap protest since it, for now, also uses hybrid engines.

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This might be the end of this whole endeavour and a serious damper on the private space tourism business. 

 

but we'll see, rich people might still have more money then sense. 

Hopefully this isn't a Challenger Disaster for private space flights.

 

Very tragic news for sure.

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Hopefully this isn't a Challenger Disaster for private space flights.

 

Very tragic news for sure.

 

hopefully not, but it's a young market that's still in development, and we know from history that such things can easily be dealt a quick and early death from such events. I suspect there's to much prestige and money behind these to stop them now though, but  it might depend on how many prototypes they have flying, it they have any more, and how much time and money it would take to get the next one ready. It also helps that we have several companies competing in this market which should help prevent a complete shutdown IF the government don't f it up and step in and shut down everything for months and months while they hire consultants and set up groups to decide if this stuff should still be allowed or if it's to dangerous. 

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