We have received word that Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo failed and crashed today during a powered test flight. Reports are that one pilot did not survive and one injured with an unknown status. This has to be confirmed still. Reports from eyewitnesses say that the engine burn did not go smoothly and the engine either exploded or the vehicle broke up in the air and subsequently crashed. Here are the original Tweets from @VirginGalactic from this morning’s test flight:

Virgin Galactic @virgingalactic

#SpaceShipTwo has been released by WhiteKnightTwo, and is now flying freely for the 35th time.

Ignition! #SpaceShipTwo is flying under rocket power again. Stay tuned for updates.

#SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.

UPDATE:Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of #SpaceShipTwo earlier today.  (1 of 4)

During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo. WK2 landed safely. (2 of 4)

Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. (3 of 4)

We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates ASAP. (4 of 4)


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