Virgin rocket's descent system fired early, causing explosion, investigators say

November 3, 2014 2:52 PM

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Virgin rocket's descent system fired early, causing explosion, investigators say

MOJAVE, Calif. - Federal investigators say they have determined that a space tourism rocket broke apart in flight over California's Mojave Desert after a device to slow the experimental spaceship's descent deployed too soon.

National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said that while no cause for Friday's crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has been determined, investigators found the "feathering" system — which rotates the tail to create drag — was activated before the craft reached the ap...

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