SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic se ruimtetuig, wat vir kommersiële ruimtevaart beoog word, het tydens ‘n toetsvlug in die woestyn noord-oos van Los Angeles in Kalifornië neergestort.
Na berigte is een vlieënier dood en nog een ernstig beseer.
SpaceShipTwo was aan ‘n groter tuig, WhiteKnightTwo gekoppel, voordat dit losgelaat is om sy vuurpylenjin te toets. WhiteKnightTwo het veilig geland.
Meer as 700 mense het reeds hulle kaartjies van ongeveer $ 250 000 vir ‘n rit op SpaceShipTwo bespreek.
A pilot was killed and another injured as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in the California desert.
The craft was flying a manned test when it experienced what the company described as “a serious anomaly”.
It was undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, north of Los Angeles.
Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said he was “shocked and saddened” by the “tragic loss”.
In a blog post, he said everyone involved in the project was “deeply saddened”.
“All our thoughts are with the families of everyone affected by this tragic event,” he wrote.
He said that he was flying to California immediately, describing it as “one of the most difficult trips I have ever had to make”.
“Space is hard – but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together,” he added.