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Branson determined to find cause of Virgin spaceship crash, pilots identified

By Lucy Nicholson and Irene Klotz

MOJAVE Calif./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on Saturday vowed to find out what caused his space tourism company’s passenger spaceship to crash during a test flight, killing one pilot and injuring the other, but expressed a desire to press on with the dream of commercial space flight.

Michael Alsbury, 39, has been identified as the pilot who died in the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, and the surviving pilot is Peter Siebold, 43, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Nov 1, 2014

Branson determined to find cause of Virgin spaceship crash

By Lucy Nicholson and Irene Klotz

MOJAVE Calif./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said on Saturday he was determined to find out what caused a passenger spaceship being developed by his space tourism company to crash during a test flight in California’s Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and injuring the other.

Branson arrived in California to meet his Virgin Galactic team and with federal officials who arrived to begin their investigation into Friday’s accident, the second in less than a week involving a commercial space company.

Oct 30, 2014