SpaceShipTwo Nearly Crashed in 2011 | Parabolic Arc
The SpaceShipTwo vehicle that crashed one year ago nearly met its end three years earlier during a hair-raising flight test that officials at builder Scaled Composites and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic downplayed at the time, according to documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
After being released from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, the ship and its three-man crew ended up upside down — in an inverted flat spin — struggling to control the vehicle as it “dropped like a rock” toward the desert floor. The admission came during interviews the NTSB conducted with Scaled Composites’ engineers regarding the October 2014 crash.
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