Part of wreckage of Virgin's SpaceShipTwo
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash 'catastrophic' - scientist

One person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashed in a California desert, the California Highway Patrol has said.

The craft was undergoing manned testing when it experienced what the company described as "a serious anomaly".

Television images shot from a helicopter showed what appeared to be wreckage bearing the Virgin logo.

SpaceShipTwo is carried aloft by a jet, then launched into sub-orbit.

Author and space scientist Dr David Whitehouse told the BBC: "I think this shows that there is no such thing as routine, regular safe access to space".

  • 31 Oct 2014
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