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Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic accused of ignoring warning signs ahead of deadly SpaceShipTwo crash


Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic was accused Saturday night of ignoring a series of warnings that its $500-million rocket was unsafe for flight. Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images Debris from SpaceShipTwo lies in a desert field on Saturday. A number of senior aerospace engineers repeatedly voiced fears over the design of Sir Richard’s…

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  1. Profile photo of Natalie
    December 5, 2014

    If Mr. Branson did indeed know about this safety issue beforehand and yet pushed forward with this mission, then that is indeed a despicable act. We have gone through tragedies like this before, like the Challenger and Columbia disaster. This should not be happening again. The budget allocated for NASA is barely a fraction of the US GDP. Spaceflight should not be set back due to catastrophic safety issues. They should be fixed before anything happens.

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  2. Profile photo of Florence Dupuis
    December 1, 2014

    It is when I read articles like that that I really despise our society. Big, rich people will let people die, even when they know the risks, simply to get more money. They don’t want to risk loosing a dime, but a couple of lives ruin, that’s nothing right? It doesn’t matter.
    It angers me so much… Where is our society going!

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  3. Profile photo of Scott
    November 21, 2014

    Given the number of disastrous issues that occurred with early NASA exploration attempts and the fact that even their obsessive focus on safety has still allowed tragedy to occur… you’d think that a company that doesn’t have as much governmental armor would take the time and effort to actually make sure their crap works in a safe and efficient manner before slapping a pilot in the pilot’s seat.

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  4. Profile photo of Kim
    November 11, 2014

    That is not acceptable. They should never send someone into danger if they know there are problems with the design. You don’t send a human being to test something when they are almost certain to die if there is any problem at all. You have to test and retest and check everything with your computer models and do every possible experiment and test you can do without risking someone’s life till you are a sure as you can be that you have got it right.

    I personally do not think anyone should be trying to go into space just for the fun of it. It is just too dangerous, this whole thing really is foolish and unfortunately, if they continue to move forward with it, chances are a lot more people are going to die in accidents.

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    Kimberly Davis
    November 8, 2014

    These guys obviously have not studied very hard on space travel. How many ships were lost due to problems with their engines? What’s worse is that the test pilot lost his life because rather then take precautions and recheck their design, they let their ego’s and the big dollar signs in their eyes blind them to the issue. It all could have been avoided and the pilot would not have had to die. I’m just glad it happened during a test flight and not one that is loaded with people.

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  6. Profile photo of Bella
    November 5, 2014

    Science and technology are fields where things can go wrong. It’s unfortunate this happened, but people look for blame and the best thing to do is wait for the investigation to determine what did happen.

    Safety warnings aside, accidents can happen when everything appears perfect. All they can do now is learn from it, however all travel whether it is a train, car or plane carries risks. They all have to be tested and this carries risks and all involved are aware of this.

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  7. Profile photo of Genevia Cameron
    November 5, 2014

    I really think they have to take a step back and really invest in the safty of this issue. I can appreciate the concept, support the dream and I would love to be able to trust in something of this capacity but it’s insane the level of blame that has come upon Mr. Branson. I’ve always admired him for his forward thinking and teh fact that he wants to step outside of the box to do the undoable. I appreciate the conecept but I think this may be something that has to go back to the drawing board.

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  8. Profile photo of Paul Swedjen
    November 4, 2014

    This is absolutely preposterous! Everyone is already on edge, looking to ruin Richard Branson for the death and injury he has caused with this ill-fated venture, but the fact that he had prior knowledge of the craft’s shortcomings definitely puts all the blame on him… He is turning from the champion of the common man into their banes… A true shame!

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  9. Profile photo of Ruby
    November 3, 2014

    It is worrying that three top exectutives, including the one in charge of safety, have left the company in the last year. I don’t think we should put the blame on Branson personally – after all he is booked to go on the first flight with his children, so I can’t see him taking any chances with safety. If safety warnings are not being taken seriously, these are more likely to be blocked by the developers who think they know best, or those who have the most to gain financially when the first flight takes place.

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