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Virgin Galactic didn't prepare for human error ahead of SpaceShipTwo crash, NTSB

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by S'toon, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. S'toon

    S'toon Knows where his towel is

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    Full article at:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/virgin-galactic-didn-t-prepare-for-human-error-ahead-of-spaceshiptwo-crash-ntsb-1.3171381
     
  2. Grendal

    Grendal Active Member

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    "And even the best-trained human on their best day can make mistakes."

    So very very true. That is one of the reasons I want to get autopilot.
     
  3. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    It's exactly the same sort of issue as unintended flap deployment in aircraft, with pretty much the same result (structural failure). There are ways to mitigate the risk. Presumably Scaled Composites has learned from this, and will have a look at other onboard systems to make sure other commonly-known failure modes are addressed.
     
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    You took the words right out of my mouth.
     
  5. K5ING

    K5ING MegaMiler

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    Here's the video of the mishap from the NTSB. It doesn't show the actual breakup (thank goodness), but you can see it pivot and pitch up quickly around the 35 second mark.

    [video]https://youtu.be/Qv8Y0aMNix8[/video]
     

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