Today, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites encountered a tragic in-flight anomaly resulting in the death of the pilot and injuring a second. Spaceport Sweden would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families of those affected and offer our wishes for a swift and complete recovery for the injured pilot.
Right now, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites are working with the team at Mojave Air & Space Port and local authorities to secure the site and ensure the safety of all those involved in the recovery and investigation. It is far too early to know the details of what happened.
“Space is hard and we were today tragically reminded of how challenging spaceflights can be. We will continue to work with and lend our support to our friends in Mojave at this time and going forward as we keep pushing the development of commercial human spaceflight and exploration. Our primary concern now is with the crew and their families”, says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Spaceport Sweden