More than 700 people, including Leonardo DiCaprio, have paid up to a quarter million dollars for a suborbital flight aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship.
There has been delay after delay, and eventually I’m guessing most of them will ask for their money back. Branson’s group isn’t even close to a successful test at the 62-mile altitude the ship’s supposed to reach, and today’s test went tragically wrong:
A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.
The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.
Worth mentioning, even though at this point there’s no word about what caused the crash:
During the nine months since the previous rocket-powered test in January, Virgin Galactic switched SpaceShipTwo’s fuel mixture from a rubber-based compound to a plastic-based mix — in hopes that the new formulation would boost the hybrid rocket engine’s performance.
I don’t even want to drive a car designed by “greens” let alone get on an effing rocket engineered by them.