Virgin Galactic crash: Alabama rocket consultant blissful ‘witch hunt’ opposite …

November 3, 2014 - photo frame

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville rocket operative Tim Pickens pronounced currently he is “glad a magician hunt has concluded” as investigators spin their concentration to a rocket plane’s tail bang as a probable means of Friday’s Virgin Galactic crash. The pile-up killed a craft’s co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, though commander Peter Siebold survived after evading in a parachute.

Sunday night, Christopher A. Hart, behaving authority of the National Transportation Safety Board, told a press discussion a rocket craft called SpaceShipTwo shifted into a high-drag pattern before it should have. Using a pattern to delayed a car progressing in a moody than normal and closer to a Earth, where a atmosphere is thicker, could have stressed a frame.

Tim Pickens (Archived photo

Early conjecture outward a association focused on a engine, that was handling in a new pattern with new fuel. Pickens, a consultant to Virgin Galactic, likened that conjecture by some news media to a magician hunt.

“All of a suppliers have unequivocally worked tough to rise a really protected rocket engine for SpaceShipTwo,” Pickens pronounced in an email to “As we reviewed cinema yesterday, we saw no justification of thrust components that could have lead to such a horrific accident.”

“Evidence on a belligerent reliable a vital thrust tools of a engine were intact,” Pickens said.

Pickens pronounced he had been contacted by news media from a U.S. and England over a weekend seeking if VirginGalactic owner Richard Branson had “cut corners” on a engine and was drifting juvenile technology. “They were perplexing to get me to contend he was a cowboy,” Pickens said. “I told them over and over there was no justification of that in my opinion.” 

Pickens worked with Scaled Composites, a association now partnering with Branson’s Virgin Galactic, on an progressing rocket craft called SpaceShipOne. It won a $10 million Ansari esteem as a initial private boat to fly into space twice in one week. Pickens is now arch thrust operative for a Huntsville rocket association Moon Express.

(Updated during 9:15 a.m. to explain that Pickens’ “witch hunt” criticism referred to conjecture outward a rocket group among a news media.)

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