Tuesday, July 28, 2015

read the NTSB report

Just spotted Catherine's post on Facebook about the NTSB findings in the Space Ship Two crash from last October. In the National Transportation Safety Board's report executive summary, as noted in the article at Spaceref, they attributed the breakup to co-pilot error. Essentially the feathering system was deployed at the wrong time.

Very sad, the incident, of course; but that it was not a direct fault in the Scaled Composites craft is a ray of light. Still, it was recommended that they install an inhibit to prevent this in the future, as well as revise procedures with more challenge/response checks. Happily, Virgin has already met and exceed these requirements.


Some video was released on Wed 29 Jul. Damn.

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