New Virgin craft may fly next year

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Published: Wednesday 5th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The head of the space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket ship broke apart over the California desert has said test flights could resume as early as next summer.

Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides said work was under way at the company’s shop in the Mojave Desert to finish a second spacecraft.

It will replace the first SpaceShipTwo, which was destroyed last week when it disintegrated during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another.

Mr Whitesides said the new ship’s frame was complete, but critical flight control systems, wiring and windows still needed to be installed.

He said the work had become a form of therapy for employees as they tried to focus on something constructive in the wake of the accident.

Published: Wednesday 5th November 2014 by The News Editor

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