Mark McCandlish | A BAD WEEK For the Private Sector Aerospace Industry | FarOutRadio | Nov. 10, 2014


Mark McCandlish is back with us this evening. Mark was our resident aerospace expert. The week before last was a terrible week for the private space flight industry. On October 28 at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, what was supposed to be a routine resupply mission to the International Space Station by the Orbital Sciences Corporation, turned into a total disaster within seconds of launching.

Then a few days later, on October 3,1 the VSS Enterprise, the first Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two reusable space ship, exploded over the Mojave Desert. The pilot survived, though seriously injured, but the copilot was killed. Initially, company officials said the cause of the explosion was “an in-flight anomaly.” That’s tech-speak for “We don’t know.”

Mark McCandlish follows the aerospace industry the way most guys follow sports. And he’s with us tonight to share his insights into the industry in general, and the two recent disasters. When considering the future of space flight, it is important to keep in mind that we’re dealing with tremendous forces, such that when something goes wrong, it usually happens very fast and is usually fatal. These are ultra dangerous enterprises. So, it’s best not to jump to conspiratorial assumptions.
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