Explosion at Scaled Composites

200707261832This is probably the worst news I’ve heard all year. There’s been an explosion at Scaled Composites – the company who recently won the X-prize contest.

In a world where we waste billions on a senseless war, companies like this still inspire hope for mankind.

Rest in peace. Let’s hope this doesn’t set them back.

An explosion at an airport home to Scaled Composites — the builder of the first private manned rocket to reach space — killed two people and left four seriously hurt Thursday, a Kern County Fire Department official says.

It happened at the Mojave Air and Space Port during a test of a new rocket motor for SpaceShipTwo — a spaceship being built for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s space tourism company, a source said. The motor uses nitrous oxide, the source said.

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