Published On: Fri, Oct 31st, 2014

Virgin Galactic says space tourism rocket lost 

This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday,   Oct. 31,   2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight,   a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV)SpaceShipTwo

MOJAVE, California (AP) — A witness says Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo exploded during a test flight over California’s Mojave Desert.

Photographer Ken Brown says the space tourism craft was released from the plane that carries it to a high altitude, ignited its rocket motor and then exploded.

Brown says there is wreckage in the desert north of Mojave Air and Space Port.

The California Highway Patrol says there is one fatality and one major injury.

SpaceShipTwo is typically flown by two pilots.

Virgin Galactic confirms the loss of the spaceship but has given no details.


In this April 29,   2013 file photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo under rocket power,   over Mojave,   Calif. Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday,   Oct. 31,   2014,   morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Virgin Galactic,   Mark Greenberg,   File) APRIL 29,   2013 FILE PHOTO


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