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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Virgin Galactic to keep flying; 2nd vehicle 65% complete
The sad loss of a space
craft is the price we pay. The good news is that the loss was
not a fundamental flaw but a secondry effect easily prevented i am
They will be flying again
soonest as well.
I do like the
configuration but would like to see a work up on a much larger system
to see if it remains feasible.
Virgin Galactic to keep
flying; 2nd vehicle 65% complete
2014 by Michael Belfiore Leave a Comment
released a statement this morning vowing to complete the second
spaceship that is already more than half finished, continue the test
flight program, and move past the tragedy of Friday’s crash:
owe it to all of those who have risked and given so much to stay the
course and deliver on the promise of creating the first commercial
The full statement is below.
VIRGIN GALACTIC – NOV 4TH 2014: 9:00 AM
the past several days, we have received new information about the
tragic incident that resulted in the death of Scaled Composites’
co-pilot Michael Alsbury and injuries to pilot Peter Siebold. Our
thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of these
brave men. The following summarizes what has been learned from the
On October 31, 2014, SpaceShipTwo
conducted a powered test flight and experienced a serious anomaly
that resulted in vehicle failure. The National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) is in charge of the investigation and we are cooperating
fully with their work. While we cannot speculate on the causes of the
incident, the NTSB has provided important information about the facts
surrounding this case and in their final onsite press conference they
described a timeline of events based on the telemetry data in their
possession. The investigation will now continue offsite.
on information they have released about their investigation to date,
the NTSB has recovered the intact engine and rocket propulsion fuel
tanks with no signs of burn through or mid-air explosion. This
definitively dismisses the premature and inaccurate speculation that
the problem was related to the engine or the fuel.
also evaluated the vehicle’s feathering mechanism, which is the
unique technology that turns the wing booms into position for
re-entry. The NTSB indicated that the lock/unlock lever was pulled
prematurely based on recorded speed at the time, and they have
suggested that subsequent aerodynamic forces then deployed the
feathering mechanism, which resulted in the in-flight separation of
the wings and vehicle. At this time, the NTSB investigation is still
ongoing and no cause has yet been determined – these are purely
facts based on initial findings. We are all determined to understand
the cause of the accident and to learn all we can.
Galactic, safety is our guiding principle and the North Star for all
programmatic decisions. Our culture is one of prioritizing safety as
the most important factor in every element of our work, and any
suggestions to the contrary are untrue. We are committed to learning
from this incident and ensuring something like this can never happen
again. To that end, we will work closely with the NTSB and will focus
intense effort on its findings and guidance.
Galactic, everything rests on our vision of creating accessible and
democratized space that will benefit humanity in countless ways for
generations to come. Like early air or sea technologies, the
development is not easy and comes with great risks, but our team of
more than 400 dedicated engineers and technicians are committed to
realizing the potential of this endeavor. From research, to travel,
to innovation, we believe that the technology our industry is
pioneering is crucial to the advancement of humanity.
last few days, we have been so grateful for the outpouring of support
and inspiration shared by countless Future Astronauts (customers),
members of the space community and the public at large. Testing
programs, reaching back to early aviation, have distinct risks, and
our customers know that we will not move ahead with commercialized
space travel until our expert engineers and pilots deem the program
to be safe. These are among the brightest and most experienced
professionals in the industry and our success has and will continue
to be ensured by their expertise.
While this has been a tragic
setback, we are moving forward and will do so deliberately and with
determination. We are continuing to build the second SpaceShipTwo
(serial number two), which is currently about 65% complete and we
will continue to advance our mission over the coming weeks and
months. With the guidance of the NTSB and the assurance of a safe
path forward, we intend to move ahead with our testing program and
have not lost sight of our mission to make space accessible for all.
We owe it to all of those who have risked and given so much to stay
the course and deliver on the promise of creating the first