Friday, October 31, 2014

Failure of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo resulting in at least 1 fatality

SS 2 as she was just hours ago.

Frame grabs from tracking video.

Recovery of casualties.

Debris after explosion and crash landing.

The loss of a rocket is never a happy moment, but at least with an unmanned mission (and one that was not critical or extremely expensive) it is easy to recover and rebuild. This, on the other hand, is both fairly typical of an exotic experimental aircraft, and also far more devastating. There is no way to recover the loss of life and the harm caused to this program could be significant.

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