The crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket during a test flight last year has been determined to be caused by human error, and a free fall from 50,000 feet after the craft disintegrated around the pilot is possibly what saved his life, according to new information from the investigating National Transportation…
Yesterday morning, an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 v. 1.1 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) exploded shortly after launch. While this is a setback to SpaceX, we have to view it in the context of a series of failures that have plagued commercial spaceflight in the last year.
Around 20 people who coughed up $250,000 for one of the first tickets aboard Virgin Galactic's first flight have cancelled their reservations after last week's deadly crash that claimed the life of co-pilot Michael Alsbury and seriously injured pilot Peter Siebold.
National Transportation Safety Board chairman Christopher Hart told reporters on Sunday that the tail of SpaceShip Two lifted prematurely, after the pilot changed the aerodynamic controls of the aircraft. This introduced pilot error into the realm of possibility for the cause of the incident.
After Friday's tragic mid-air explosion and crash of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, rocket industry experts have come forward, saying the company was warned of dangers in using nitrous oxide fuel in its rockets. One expert even said she was "shocked, but not surprised" that the crash occurred.
Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two, which was undergoing testing to be the first commercial tourism spacecraft, has crashed into the Mojave desert. One of its two pilots has died.
The dream of privately-operated, civilian-accessible space flight took another step toward reality today when Virgin Galactic-backed Scaled Composite's SpaceshipTwo successfully completed its first captive flight attached to the twin-hulled WhiteKnight, reaching an altitude of 45,000ft over the Mojave.