Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, part of a commercial space venture founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, crashed during testing Friday and broke into several pieces.
One test pilot was killed and another was injured.
“Space is hard and today was a tough day,” said George Whitesides, the CEO of Virgin Galactic.
Two people were aboard SpaceShipTwo and a California Highway Patrol spokesperson said two people were found near the crash in the desert north of California City and east of Mojave. One of the pilots had parachuted out of the aircraft, and another was located near the scene, California Highway Patrol said. Their names have not been released.