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« on: Sat 1 November, 2014 - 09:21 am »

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A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has crashed during a test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

SpaceShipTwo craft exploded over the Mojave Desert, a witness said. US police confirmed one fatality.

Photographer Ken Brown said the space tourism craft was released from the plane that carries it to high altitude, ignited its rocket motor and then exploded.

There was wreckage in the desert north of Mojave Air and Space Port, he said.

Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. The California Highway Patrol said there was one fatality and one major injury.

More than 800 people have paid or put down deposits to fly aboard the spaceship, which is carried to an altitude of about 45,000 feet and released. The spaceship then fires its rocket motor to catapult it to about 100 kilometres high, giving passengers a view of the planet set against the blackness of space and a few minutes of weightlessness.

The test was to be the spaceship's first powered test flight since January. In May, Virgin Galactic and spaceship developer Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corp, switched to an alternative plastic-type of fuel grain for the hybrid rocket motor.
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« Reply #1 on: Sat 1 November, 2014 - 01:17 pm »

that's why they have test flights so hopefully the real thing wont go whoom!!

it sucks for them , but thats the rocket business for ya
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« Reply #2 on: Sat 1 November, 2014 - 01:29 pm »

Meh, every form of getting people off the ground has teething problems. Aircraft, balloons, space shuttles/rockets, etc. Even AFTER they get through the testing phase, stuff still happens. It's just a risk people will have to factor in. People SILL go on planes and in balloons and space shuttles, so some people are willing to take the risks for the benefit.
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« Reply #3 on: Sat 1 November, 2014 - 06:00 pm »

Not much to gain from tourism though except for bragging rights that you've been in space, even then it's just skimming space anyway. Plus the weightless part can easily and more economically be achieved by planes operating for that anyway 
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« Reply #4 on: Sat 1 November, 2014 - 06:11 pm »

Yeah but there's always a market for the things people with tons of money want to do. They often want to do things that only someone with too much money  can achieve. Or else, they are just like everyone else.
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