Virgin Galactic “Experienced An In-Flight Anomaly” And Spacecraft “Lost” Over Mojave

Our site may contain affiliate links. Read Advertiser Disclosure policy here.

Virgin Galactic sent out a number of tweets this afternoon, confirming that its experimental spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, was lost Friday during a test flight.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 3.15.49 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-31 at 3.15.59 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-31 at 3.16.09 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-31 at 3.16.23 PMScreen Shot 2014-10-31 at 3.16.31 PMThe Associated Press is reporting the following:

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday after taking off on a test flight, killing one person aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

 The company founded by British billionaire Richard Branson would not say what happened other that it was working with authorities to determine the cause of the “accident.”

“During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” Virgin Galactic tweeted Friday.

Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the crash, told The Associated Press that SpaceShipTwo exploded after a plane designed to take it to a higher altitude released it and the craft ignited its rocket motor.

Brown said the wreckage fell in the desert north of Mojave Air and Space Port, where the test flight originated. The area is about 120 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or suggestions expressed on this site are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed.

About Points, Miles & Martinis

Here at Points, Miles and Martinis, we love all things travel. We focus on topics relating to travel including destinations, airline, hotel, car rental and credit card reward programs. Our goal is to help people travel better. - See more at our About Us page.

Sign up for Email || Twitter || Facebook |Tips & Tricks
Hotel Offers || Airline Offers || Bank Offers || Cash Back Offers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *