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SpaceShipTwo tail booms 'feathered' early, crash investigators find
[i]Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke apart in flight two seconds after its tail booms prematurely deployed into their upright position, an orientation that was only intended for after the spacecraft's hybrid rocket motor had cut off, government investigators revealed on Sunday (Nov. 2).
The "uncommanded feather" was partially the result of the ship's co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, moving a lever inside the cockpit from the lock to unlock position. Alsbury, 39, died in the resulting crash. Pilot Peter Siebold, 43, survived the accident, but with serious injuries.[/i]
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