As noted previously on this blog, my story Tyrell’s Flight was originally due to be published on 1st November last year. However, SpaceShipTwo crashed on 31st October, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot, Peter Siebold. At the time there was speculation that the crash was due to a fuel leak… and my story also started with what looked like a fuel leak. In view of these circumstances, the Kraxon editor quite rightly postponed the publication of the story.
Well, the investigation into the crash has come up with its conclusions, namely it was a combination of the co-pilot releasing the feathering too early and there not being any in-built safety checks to make sure this could not happen. The details are reported here.
The co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, lost his life. May he rest in peace in the knowledge that he will have made space flight safer for future generations.