The national office of transport security of the United States called the root causes of the disaster spacecraft SpaceShipTwo Virgin Galactic flight tests in early October 2014. According to the official version, in the tragedy the fault of the pilot who made a fatal mistake.
According to investigators, 39-year-old Michael Asbury excessively early unlock braking system on the vehicle. When you return from near-earth space, the wings of the Shuttle should be fixed to achieve a specific speed, but the pilot opened them, not waiting for the calculated values. It happened 0.9 the speed of sound instead of the desired 1,4-speed of sound (1700 km per hour).
Almost instantly overload the machine fell apart and crashed to the ground. Asbury died in the crash, the crew commander Peter Sibolga managed to eject, but he was badly injured.
In the official report of the National office of transport security of the United States explains that both pilots were capable and trained, and have not experienced difficulties with health at the time of the conflict. On the recommendation of the Department, the company Virgin Galactic has implemented a number of additional security measures, including mechanical locking flaps and the list of checks that are needed before the start.
Recall that the tragedy happened on the test 31 October 2014 in the area of the Mojave desert (United States). Layout SpaceShipTwo undocked at the relatively low altitude from the aircraft carrier, but after a few minutes after starting the engines of the ship fell apart and collapsed.
SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is a private manned suborbital vehicle that was created to deliver travelers to space. SpaceShipTwo should be able to fly to a height of about 100 km, which is considered the boundary of space, and to raise in the air 6 people. The cost of a flight on SpaceShipTwo is 200 thousand dollars.
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