Virgin Galactic LLC’s SpaceShipTwo designed for space tourists broke apart and crashed during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert on Friday, killing one pilot and injuring the other.
Regardless of what emerges as the cause of the disaster, which the company called a “serious anomaly,” the event is a setback for the budding space-tourism industry. It could even prompt federal efforts to step up oversight of such ventures.
Stuart Witt, chief executive of Mojave Air and Spaceport, said the flight began at 9:20 a.m. local time, and SpaceShipTwo was released from the its carrier aircraft at 10:10 a.m. and first noted the anomaly two minutes later.
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