Investigators that are currently examining what is left of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft have recently announced that it could take at least a year to figure out the cause.
The crash occurred in the Mojave desert on Friday leaving one co-pilot dead, 39 year old Michael Alsbury, and the pilot, 43 year old Peter Siebold, critically injured in hospital.
It was aiming to be the first commercial space line and over 700 top name celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Ashton Kutcher have purchased a ticket for its first flight, as well as scientist Steven Hawking receiving a free ticket courtesy of Sir Richard Branson.
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It has been confirmed that the crash will cause a fair few problems for The Virgin Group’s progress as they were estimating their first flight, SpaceShip 2 would be ready late 2015.
When asked about how the crash will affect the future of the space line, The Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said: “It is a horrible day for Virgin Galactic, for commercial space travel – it’s a massive setback.
“But we’ve got to pick ourselves up and see whether the problem is fixable, and hopefully move the programme forward.
“I’m hopeful we’ll be able to overcome the problems.”
Christopher Hart, NTSB Chairman said that it may be up to a years’ time before they are able to figure out the exact nature of the crash and they are currently analyzing both video footage and remaining evidence. However, the company are able to continue with their work.
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