#VirginGalactic SpaceShipTwo crash – investigators find clues to cause of accident – an annotated infographic

Investigators examining debris from the exploded Virgin Galactic rocket said a mechanism designed to slow down the craft before atmospheric re-entry had likely caused the accident.

Contrary to previous assumptions of some space industry experts that the rocket’s hybrid engine carrying nitrous oxide may have exploded, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the propellant tanks and engine where found intact, suggesting there had been no explosion.

E&T news covered this latest development to the Virgin Galactic crash story in full this morning.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash

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