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A "serious anomaly" resulted in the "loss" of SpaceShipTwo during a test flight Friday, and the status of the pilots isn't known, Virgin Galactic said on Twitter.
"We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident," the company said on Twitter.
BREAKING: Witness reports SpaceShipTwo exploded in flight after ignition of rocket, crashed in desert.
BREAKING: California Highway Patrol reports 1 fatality, 1 major injury after SpaceShipTwo accident.
Simple coincidence and totally unrelated? or is there more to this?
They're creating new technology which is why these test flights are important and as with any new tech accidents will happen ,
During the nine months since the previous rocket-powered test in January, Virgin Galactic switched SpaceShipTwo's fuel mixture from a rubber-based compound to a plastic-based mix — in hopes that the new formulation would boost the hybrid rocket engine's performance.
Kern County Sheriff's spokesman told the Reuters news agency the craft's co-pilot was killed, while the pilot ejected and was seriously injured.