The idea of Virgin Galactic is probably one of the biggest moves into space since the moon landing, set to allow users to take a flight into space much like they would with a commercial airline. So far the testing of this service has gone pretty much all to plan, however that streak has now ended as SpaceShipTwo crashed earlier this morning during a test flight in California.
The crash was reportedly due to an “anomaly” with the ship and has now been reported as the cause of the ships loss, the death of one pilot and the serious injury of another.
The test kicked off just after 9AM PT this morning, reaching 50,000 feet before the rocket component was released and SpaceShipTwo was freed for solo flight, shortly after this the ship was reported to have crashed.
As of yet it is unclear as to what this “anomaly” was or how the ship crashed exactly, however we do know that one of the plane components that has been dubbed “WhiteKnightTwo” landed without incident.
This was revealed in a statement issued by Virgin Galactic:
“Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.”
As of yet we don’t have many more details than that, however we will be sure to keep you updated if we find anything out.