Sir Richard Branson (owner of Virgin Galactic) and the US authorities have repeatedly warned of the danger associated with the space project of Virgin Galactic. According to many experts, the rocket engine designed by Branson engineers was unsuitable for flying – reports The Telegraph.
Journalists “The Telegraph” have reached emails and documents showing that many engineers have warned Virgin Galactic of the dangers of their rocket engine design. As we read – the first doubts appeared in 2007 – then three engineers died due to the explosion that occurred during the testing of the rocket engine on the ground.
These opinions confirm the interlocutor “The Telegraph”. Tom Bower, Branson’s investigative journalist and author, said the disaster was “predictable and inevitable.” Carolynne Campbell, IAAS’s chief technology officer, said: “This explosion was not a surprise to me. I’m sorry to say that, but that was exactly what I was expecting. This flight was like Russian roulette.
Next we read that some experts tried to intervene in a more formal way. The British scientist wrote last year to the Federal Aviation Administration (US Air Traffic Management Authority), warning that if it goes to a test flight, it could end in a catastrophe. Meanwhile Virgin Galactic plans to launch its first passenger flights as early as December 2013.
Tomasso Sgobba, IAASS executive director and former security chief at the European Space Agency, said that Virgin Galactic had refused to share information on the construction of rockets to external experts. The representatives of Virgin Galactic did not want to come to IAASS. “They acted in a mystery that is difficult to understand,” said Tomasso Sgobba. “There was no independent supervision there,” he added.
The owner of Virgin Galactic has promised to explain the cause of the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crash. “We will learn from our mistakes,” said Richard Branson on Saturday before meeting with his coworkers in the Mojave Desert in California.
At the scene of the accident the workers of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have already arrived at the scene of the accident, who are investigating the case. SpaceShipTwo spacecraft crashed on Friday in the Mojave Desert. A second pilot, 39-year-old Michael Alsbury, was killed, while the first 43-year-old Peter Siebold, who managed to catapult, was seriously injured.
This was the first test since January of this spacecraft involving the firing of a rocket engine. Virgin Galactic only said that during the test flight there was a “serious anomaly” resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo.
Photographer Ken Brown, who witnessed the crash, said that SpaceShipTwo exploded when he was detached from a plane that carried him high. According to the assumptions after disconnecting from the aircraft is launched a rocket engine, carrying the ship into orbit to a height of more than 100 km, and on Earth SpaceShipTwo returns as a glider.
The term of the first commercial flight, in which passengers will have a view of our planet against the background of space and a few minutes in weightlessness, are repeatedly shifted. Recently it was said that it will be spring 2015.
Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, has entered into an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this year to launch commercial flights with passengers to orbit around the globe. The agreement details the rules governing the organization of flights into the cosmos of Virgin Galactic vehicles.
About 800 people are expected to start such flights, which have paid 250,000 tickets. Dollars, among them Richard Branson himself and Hollywood star Leonardo di Caprio.