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    Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test flight crashes in Mojave Desert - 1 dead, 1 injured

    "During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle," the company said in a statement. "The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time."

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    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/vir...t-test-n238376
    Last edited by Skittles; 10-31-2014 at 03:50 PM.

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    Update from CNN live coverage: 1 pilot dead, 1 with serious injuries.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/31/us/spa...t=hp_inthenews
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    Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket.

    The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be forthcoming.

    Kern County Fire Department reports it is heading to a location in the Mojave Desert. California Highway Patrol Officer Darlena Dotson says the agency is responding to a report of a crash in the Cantil area.

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    Confirming one dead, one seriously injured. I think there were only two pilots aboard? It doesn't seem there'd have been any casualties on the ground, in that region.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/vir...ry?id=26608625
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    What a terrible week for space travel Prayers of comfort to the family of the deceased. I hope the second occupant survives his injuries.

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    Site of the crash.

    https://twitter.com/ABC7
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    Quote Originally Posted by zwiebel View Post
    Confirming one dead, one seriously injured. I think there were only two pilots aboard? It doesn't seem there'd have been any casualties on the ground, in that region.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/vir...ry?id=26608625
    Yes, just the two pilots on board.

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    BBC's science editor saying this is a 'massive setback' for Virgin. I think that's kinda obvious, and it's much more than that for the families of the pilots....

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    Oh. I think media have captured a photo of the remains of a pilot in the parachute photo they took from a helicopter. It's not nice. Wish they'd left that one out.
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    Just received this updated alert

    KFIAM640: Witness say SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert. CHP says 1 death, 1 major injury. www.kfiam640.com




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    Mojave crash puts paid to Sir Richard Branson's SpaceShipTwo

    Branson’s Virgin Galactic Spaceship in catastrophic explosion and crash: One pilot
    dead & another critical as experimental plane blows up on test flight over California


    ⁍ SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had 'experienced an in-flight anomaly'
    ⁍ Virgin Galactic confirmed craft had exploded
    ⁍ Images show parts of the craft on the ground
    ⁍ Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Kate Winslet among those who have signed up to fly in the spacecraft
    ⁍ Second space disaster in a week after Antares rocket exploded
    ⁍ Sir Richard Branson had pledged to be on first commercial flight with his family
    ⁍ More than 700 customers have paid as much as $250,000 for a seat on the plane, which cost $500 million to develop
    Story, pictures, and videos at DM link above.

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    Already have a thread for this story.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...dead-1-injured
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    Whoever added the tag "virgin galactica" to this thread if you could edit it to "virgin galactic" (no "a" at the end) that would great.

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    February Richard Branson interview in Guardian not uninteresting.

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    Thoughts & Prayers go out to the Virgin Galactic Pilots & their Families...

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