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Virgin Spaceship Crashes

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Virgin Spaceship Crashes

The Virgin Space project exploded today killing one of the pilots on board.

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Thats not good news and my thoughts are with the family of the deceased.
Unfortunately this doesn't surprise me. Virgin Galactic has been making false promises of putting people into space for many years and they're running at least 6 years late (from memory of an article i read a while back) and people are putting the pressure on Richard to get it sorted. Apparently they had to scrap one method of propulsion completely and come up with something else from scratch - which I presume is what has gone bang.
If I'm blunt about it, space is one area I think Branson should stay away from.
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He's discovering that engineering is more difficult than marketing.
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Least it crashed into a desert, got to be a good thing right? Shame for the pilot. Could of been worse though couldn't it. It could of been Sir Richard Branson himself in it.
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Is Branson's life worth more than the pilot's or have I missed your point?

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Hasn't it been said that mankind would have reached and landed on other planets of our system long ago if..........
So much money wasn't spent on making space ships safe,  and that loss of life was to be expected as an inevitable part of space exploration.
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Latest from one of the US News channels.
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Richard Branson has said he plans to go on with the project.
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Well after keeping the world waiting so long he can't really back out now can he - he also has a lot of investors in the project so if he were to back out his share values would probably crash etc.
I really think he's been far too enthusiastic with this project. There are some things (such as R&D) that big sums of money can't speed up.
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What share value Undecided Undecided
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I said probably and etc in there artmo so stop being picky Wink
I was making a simple point - he's gone too far to stop now.
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The US investigators have said it could take a year to find out what happened.
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Some more information about the accident.
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According to the news today they say the feathers designed to slow the spaceship as it re-enters the atmosphere were deployed too soon and 2 seconds after it broke apart. Apparently it's a 2 stage process and the co-pilot unlocked them but they deployed un-commanded.
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Full Interview: Sir Richard Branson Attacks Newspapers Reporting
UK press should hang their heads in shame
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Whatever setbacks RB gets none of them will shake his ego!