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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Two recent posts by denniswingo that pertain to the recent Space Ship 2 Disaster.

Two recent posts by denniswingo that pertain to the recent Space Ship 2 Disaster.
If you are not already following his blog then you might find the information informative.

I found most interesting. The 'WHYs' are not always easy to explain.
- LRK -


A Rebuttal to The Wired Article: Space Tourism Isn’t Worth Dying For

by denniswingo
The Space Ship 2 Disaster is bringing out the worst in journalism.  In this latest article in Wired magazine an attempt is made to separate exploration in space from what the writer considers to be the crass commercial aspect of the Virgin Galactic Space Ship 2 and from what he considers legitimate space exploration.  It […]

One person’s want is another person’s need.
- LRK -


Want Versus Need; Space Tourism Vs “Proper” Space Exploration

by denniswingo
There is another emerging complaint about the activities of Virgin Galactic that I am seeing that I feel I must address.  This is illustrated in a comment in my rebuttal to the Wired article, but is in the same vein as the Wired article, related to "tourism" and whether or not that is worth risking […]
denniswingo | November 2, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Tags: aeronauticsaerospaceaviationballooning,freedomNASApancho barnesRichard BransonspaceSpaceship 2SS2Virgin Galactic | Categories: Space | URL:

I trust you took time to read as the news just gives a few sound bytes.
Thanks for looking up with me.
- LRK -
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ISS Commercial Resupply Services Mission (Orb-3)

Update - October 31, 2014

Antares Data Review

It is a travel day for the remainder of Orbital’sAntares data review team who were on site at Wallops Island supporting the initial “quick look” flight data evaluation on Wednesday and Thursday. At this point we believe the on-site data review process has progressed as far as necessary, so the team is transitioning back to their home bases. The Accident Investigation Board (AIB) Chairman, Mr. Dave Steffy, and members of the AIB that are now being identified, will immediately take over further development of the “fault tree” that will drive future investigation activities.

Launch Site Status


Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely.

The Virgin Galactic team is cooperating with our partners at Scaled Composites and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as well as local authorities. We understand that the NTSB is scheduled to arrive in Mojave tomorrow morning (Saturday Nov. 1) to commence their investigation, which is expected to last several days.

Local authorities have confirmed that one of the two Scaled Composites pilots died during the accident. The other pilot parachuted to the ground and is being treated at a local hospital. All of us at Virgin Galactic are deeply saddened by today’s events. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those affected by this accident



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