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Did Political Pressure Interfere With FAA Certification of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two?

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental permit to Scaled Composites to begin flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in 2012 despite serious deficiencies in the company’s application relating to safety analysis...Show More Summary

Is Space About To Experience A Design Renaissance?

Will SpaceX and Virgin Galactic push the boundaries of space exploration? Two aerospace experts weigh in. Getting human beings off the planet is the hardest design challenge mankind has ever undertaken. Yet it's also a solved problem: we've been sending people into space since 1961. Read Full Story

NTSB: Mistimed Maneuver Doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. “A mistimed feathering maneuver resul…

NTSB: Mistimed Maneuver Doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. “A mistimed feathering maneuver resulted in the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo last October, an accident which killed one, critically injured another, and set back the company’s space tourism ambitions. Feathering is the maneuver in which part of the wings change position to increase drag and slow […]

SpaceShipTwo Pilot's Free Fall From 50,000 Feet May Have Saved His Life

4 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

The crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket during a test flight last year has been determined to be caused by human error, and a free fall from 50,000 feet after the craft disintegrated around the pilot is possibly what saved his life, according to new information from the investigating National Transportation Safety Board. Show More Summary

Virgin Galactic pilot recounts harrowing free fall

4 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

He knew SpaceShipTwo had disintegrated but blacked out, remembered his parachute opening and the feeling of waking up midair

Human error and inadequate training blamed for SpaceShipTwo crash

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released the conclusions of its accident investigation into the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last year over the Mojave Desert. According to the report, the accident...Show More Summary

Virgin Galactic crash raises risk realities for space flyers

Virgin Galactic’s rocket rides have been about to happen for close to seven years, and the report of the US investigation into the destruction of the first of a fleet of five spacecraft intended to carry six passengers and two pilots to the edge of space tells us that there was a lethal design error [...]

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Traced to Co-Pilot Error

Federal investigators said the manufacturer failed to consider that a pilot might prematurely unlock a mechanism for the space plane’s descent.

Virgin Galactic crash blamed on “single human error”

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Federal safety officials say the builder of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is at fault for not anticipating the copilot error that caused the spaceship's disintegration during a test flight nine months ago. Read the rest

Virgin Galactic Pilot's Long Fall

This is a fun little story. It recaps Peter Siebold's testimony about the destruction of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and his fall to earth. Here's a taste: Then there was a single bang, he said in the interview. The cabin rapidly...

Cause of Virgin Galactic spaceplane crash identified

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Investigators complete their probe into the role of the pilots and other factors in deadly 2014 crash of SpaceShipTwo

Design rather than pilot error blamed for Virgin Galactic crash

The probable cause of the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital joy flight craft last October lay with its design and not the pilot who prematurely unlocked a device intended to stabilise its re-entry from the edge of space according to the NTSB. The US safety investigator, delivering its first inquiry into a space tourism [...]

Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

5 days agoNews : The Two-Way

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship's tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.

NTSB blames human error, compounded by poor safety culture, in Virgin Galactic crash

A nine-month federal investigation into the fatal crash last year of a Virgin Galactic space ship found that the company hired to build and test the vehicle failed to properly train its pilots and did not implement basic safeguards to prevent the human error that caused the accident.Read full article >>

Investigators rule catastrophic structural failure resulted in 2014 Virgin Galactic crash

Federal safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early. Continue reading ? The post Investigators rule catastrophic structural failure resulted in 2014 Virgin Galactic crash appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Early Braking Tore Apart Virgin Galactic Spaceship — Co-Pilot Killed Described As ‘Very Professional’

Pilot error has been blamed for a failed flight of Virgin Galactic’s historic SpaceShipTwo, which crashed into the Mojave desert 10 months ago. The official cause, determined by the National Traffic Safety Board, was the early deployment of the aircraft’s braking system, Bloomberg reported. Show More Summary

Virgin Galactic spaceship crash caused by co-pilot error

6 days agoNews : NY Daily News

The crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by human error, federal safety investigators said.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack of Oversight 

6 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures. Read more...

NTSB blames aircraft builder and FAA for Virgin Galactic crash

Federal safety officials Tuesday blamed the builder of Virgin Galatic's SpaceShipTwo for failing to anticipate the copilot error that caused the aircraft's disintegration during a test flight.

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