Space is REALLY Hard

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As some of you are by now no doubt aware, tragedy struck today at the Scaled Composites facility in Mojave, California.  The latest news I have been able to find is that there have been a number of fatalities and casualties.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the employees and families of Scaled at this terrible time.

5 thoughts on “Space is REALLY Hard

  1. “The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore … Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over these things that seem impossible … It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors … to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.”

    – Ferdinand Magellan

  2. “It is so rare to live for something worth living for, and then die for something worth dying for.”

    – Someone

    R.I.P., brave shipwrights.

  3. That there are many sound ideas in the Virgin Galactic model,
    but that it appears there was an excess of enthusiasm over
    caution. Far too many people were around the engine during
    a hazardous operation. it’s also unusual to have a family fund
    for victims of an industrial accident. Workmens comp
    and life insurance should cover that

  4. Anonymous,
    it’s also unusual to have a family fund for victims of an industrial accident. Workmans comp and life insurance should cover that

    Workman’s comp and life insurance *do* cover that. The only reason why they opened the family fund was due to the large number of people who contacted them about ways to help. Two of the three who died were veterans, who were buried in veterans cemeteries where they’re only allowed something like 3 flower arrangements each, so they figured a fund would be better than having everyone send flowers then having to throw a lot of them out.

    Personally I think it was a really appropriate thing to do. There were many people in this community who knew some of the deceased (myself included), and the ability to help in some small way is nice.

    ~Jon

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