Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Explodes During Test, One Pilot Dies

November 1, 2014 1:49 PM

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Explodes During Test, One Pilot Dies

Sir Richard Branson's ambitions to make space tourism a (relatively) affordable commercial reality suffered a setback this week when SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight.

Where as the fiery crash of Antares struck a blow opt one nascent commercial space market -- the market for hauling heavy loads of cargo into orbit, typical under contracts with top government space agencies -- the SpaceShipTwo disaster strikes a second growing niche, the space tourism business.

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