Virgin Galactic’s space tourism spacecraft, the SpaceshipTwo crashed miserably on October 31, while it was tested in the California desert. The plane exploded moments after it was launched from its carrier, according to Ken Brown, a photographer who eye witnessed the incident. Richard Branson mentioned that it was a “tragic loss” for the company and that he was “deeply saddened” by the incident. However, he also mentioned, that “Space is hard, but worth it. We will persevere and move forward further”.
Either way, this is a huge barrier to Virgin’s future works on the project. Not only did it involve the loss of huge investment, but also costed the life of its pilot. This is a huge blow to Virgin and also raises the question if there would be any passengers willing to travel in it even after it is made. Is space tourism really necessary after all?