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Old 07-26-2007, 08:14 PM
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Two people were killed and 4 others injured in an explosion today at about 2:45. Burt Rutan was not at the site when an explosion occurred at a rocket test site.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT

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Old 07-26-2007, 08:24 PM
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Do we know if it was actually at Scaled or somewhere at the airport?
Old 07-26-2007, 08:30 PM
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Yes, it was at a test owned by Scaled Composites where they performing a rocket engine test when it exploded. The site was destroyed including knocking over a couple of large trucks, one being a tanker truck.

Here's another link to the story.
http://www.knbc.com/news/13764132/detail.html

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My condolances to the families. Pushing the frontier can unfortunately have a high price.

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My condolences to all involved also.
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was mike mellville hurt
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It appears that they were running a cold flow test of nitrous through the motor injectors with no fuel. This was considered safe but the air temperature at the test site was very hot and it appears to be a nitrous pressure vessel failure. There is a lot to be learned with hybrid motor technology. Three people were killed as another died at the hospital.
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This is the first I heard of it through this thread.
If it had happened during re-entry, it would have made front page headlines world-wide, even though the tradgedy is still the same.
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Longdan,

You are absolutely correct in your assesment. However the American news media requires "Spectacular" disasters for their news coverage, they sell more advertising space. Industrial disasters do not.

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Coverage was mostly local news here in Los Angeles.

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this is the first I heard of this also shame on the news agencies for not reporting news
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Today it isn't news unless it sells.
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ORIGINAL: aerowoof

this is the first I heard of this also shame on the news agencies for not reporting news

A full page article with pictures appeared in the Guardian (UK Broadsheet) on 28th July, accurately describing the events and possible consequences financially.




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Trying to mess with Branson/Virgin I guess. Here we don't have our celebrities involved I guess.

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