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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. Our first concern is with crew and their families. We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so.

Press conference statement from George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, Friday 31st October 2014:

“Space is hard and today was tough day. We are going to be supporting the investigation and we are going to get through it. The future rests in many ways on hard days like this but we owe it to the folks who were flying the vehicles and working so hard to understand this and to move forward.”


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