Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash

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  1. Free Karma

    Free Karma Senior Member Senior Member

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    One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes | Science | The Guardian


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    RIP pilot.

    It's been a pretty bad week for the private space industry. Such setbacks are part and parcel of the industry, but the loss of life is very saddening, luckily the other accident did not cause any damage in that respect.
     
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  3. pmaitra

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    Re: One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane cras

    Human Space Flight should be handled by NASA. There is no point playing around with lives of people. NASA has the know-how, let them do it. Private companies can focus on satellite launches.
     
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    Re: One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane cras

    It is unfortunate.

    One wonders if the craft was certified fit by NASA since they alone have the expertise to do so as also the experience.
     
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    I don't think space flight should be the sole domain of government space agencies. NASA cannot claim a spotless record, one just need to look back into Challenger and Discovery tragedies (there were previous deaths from the Gemini and Apollo programs). Tragedies will always happen in space programs but that should not be an excuse to displace private companies. I think private companies should be allowed to venture into space in a tightly regulated environment.
     
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