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All About Space - - Most Dangerous Missions -

On 31 Oc­to­ber 2014, the VSS En­ter­prise – the first of five planned Space Ship Two crafts – was per­form­ing a test flight over the Mo­jave Desert, Cal­i­for­nia when some­thing went dras­ti­cally wrong. In­ves­ti­ga­tors deter­mined that the feather sys­tem was re­leased too early at speeds of Mach 0.92 (1,127 kilo­me­tres or 700 miles per hour), caus­ing the craft to break apart. While sadly co-pi­lot Michael Als­bury per­ished in the in­ci­dent, the pi­lot ejected and sur­vived.

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