I can assume most of us are being very skeptical of Virgin Galactic now that it has resulted in a crash with the unfortunate death of a pilot. But I truly believe this is the time to support rather than criticize. In search for success failures happen and they happen often.
We should not get distracted from what this company and this man are trying to achieve, it can prove to be the most important thing any private organization has ever done to advance the human civilization. A chance for humans to step into space more frequently than one would have imagined. Yes, it would cost £120,000 or so, but for how long will it cost that much. And is it really about the cost or the experience. And than I start to think is it really about the experience or what it will push us on to in the future. And that is the biggest reason why I support this man’s vision into space. If visits to space can be made a frequent exploration than the better minds funded by better money will be forced to venture even further to make the soon to be normal into abnormal again. We are moving to space whether anyone likes it or not, the age in human civilization is the space age and it couldnt come sooner.
Saddened by the tragedy but not by the prospect.
Here are the statement put on virgin galactic’s website,
Statement from Virgin Galactic
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.
George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, provided the following statement:
“Our primary thoughts at this moment are with the crew and family, and we’re doing everything we can for them now. I’d like to recognize the work of the first responders who we work with in the Antelope Valley for their efforts on behalf of the team. We’re also thinking of the team members that we have at the companies that have been working on this program.
Space is hard and today was a tough day. We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today. We’re going to get through it. The future rests in many ways on hard days like this, but we believe we owe it to the team, that has been working so hard on this endeavour, to understand this and to move forward. And that is what we’ll do.”
Sir Richard Branson is on his way to Mojave and is expected to arrive by early Saturday morning.