Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash kills one
At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert.
The craft was flying a manned test when it experienced what the company described as “a serious anomaly”.
It was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles.
So far, there’s very little info available. For once, the lamestream muddia doesn’t seem to making up “facts” to fill airtime.
Whoops, I spoke too soon. Time is trashing Branson and Virgin Galactic, explaining how terrible these amateurs are, and how this was inevitable when you don’t leave it to the pros at NASA. Oddly enough, Kluger doesn’t mention Apollo 1, Apollo 13, the Apollo Soyuz Test Project command module poison gas incident, Challenger, or Columbia. Nor does he take note of the unmanned missions NASA has lost (Mars probe crashed due to bad reported design, Mars probe lost due to English/metric conversion failure, lunar probes crashed, Skylab’s broken solar array, the umbrella, and short mission life because they forgot air expands when heated,various and sundry ISS resupply missions only touch a few high points). Then there are the missions that never even made it to the launch pad due to bureaucratic fuck-ups; the destruction of a satellite on a g-table – shaken apart because they accidentally turned it up too high – comes to mind.
Space travel is tough. But as yet, Branson and Virgin Galactic have a better record than NASA. I know which one I’d like to write off, unlike Kluger.