Virgin Galactic pilot speaks amid tech woe whispers

November 13, 2014 8:43 PM

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Virgin Galactic pilot speaks amid tech woe whispers

Concerns have been raised about Virgin Galactic's safety and the pace at which development was driven, in the aftermath of the SpaceShipTwo crash which killed one pilot and left the other dependent on his automatic parachute deployment to survive. Richard Branson's ambitious space tourism scheme has been in disarray for several years, insiders claim, with secret technical issues at odds with the public roadmap for commercial flight. Meanwhile, pilot Peter Siebold told the National Transportation Safety Board that he was unaware that his copilot had unlocked the aerodynamic elements of SpaceShipTwo, believed to have been instrumental to the crash taking place.

Siebold was air-lifted to hospital after the crash on October 31st in the Mojave desert, and spoke to the NTSB investigators on November 7th.

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