Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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This morning, Virgin Galactic tweeted that their SpaceShipTwo spaceplane had experienced an “in-flight anomaly”

We have now confirmed that SpaceShipTwo has crashed during a test flight due to currently unknown causes. A press conference is planned with more details at 2 pm pacific.

SpaceShipTwo was designed primarily for space tourism, meant to carry passengers high enough to experience near-weightlessness for roughly $200,000 per ticket. This was a test flight, however, so no passengers are believed to have been onboard.

Update: VirginGalactic confirms the loss of SpaceShipTwo. See timeline below.

WhiteKnightTwo, the jet-powered craft that carries SpaceShipTwo to altitude before detaching, landed safely. At an altitude of roughly 50,000 feet, WhiteKniteTwo releases SpaceShipTwo to fly on its own by rocket power. WK2 had released SpaceShipTwo for free flight roughly 6 minutes before the crash.

There were at least two pilots on board SpaceShipTwo before the crash; their status is unknown. We…

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‘There was blood everywhere': Young family describes ‘unimaginable horror’ after surviving Spain train crash


Originally posted on National Post | News:

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As the train sped from Madrid to the town of El Ferrol in north-western Spain, Yesica Medina paced up and down between passengers with her six-week-old daughter in her arms, cradling her child to stop her crying on the long journey home.

Mercifully, the baby finally dropped off to sleep and Yesica returned to her seat in the first-class carriage intending to place baby Teresita in a cot on the seat opposite.

At her side was her husband, Daniel Castro, and across from him sat Carlos, the couple’s seven-year-old son, who was playing with a dinosaur toy he had bought on his first visit to the Spanish capital.

At that instant, the family could have had no idea they were about to be caught up in – and miraculously survive – Spain’s worst rail disaster for almost 70 years.

“At the exact moment I sat down, that exact moment, the…

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