OPEN THREAD: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Test Flight Crashes and Burns

Consider this an Open Thread, but first….

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo test flight crashed and burned today setting private spaceflight back a few steps.

One person died and another was injured Friday when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo test flight failed following what the company described as a “serious anomaly.”

The casualties are believed to be the pilots of the spaceplane, though California Highway Patrol Officer Jesse Borne did not identify them.
The injured person has been airlifted to a local hospital, Borne said. He declined to identify the hospital.

Virgin Galactic has planned for years to sell trips in which SpaceShipTwo transports passengers about 62 miles above Earth — the beginning of outer space — and lets them experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.

Bummer, man. I SOOOO want to have private companies start up regular space flight. I so much want the government utterly removed from this business. But with these problems, regular, manned, private space flights are as far away as ever.

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