Spaceplane detaches unintentionally, pilot forgets to check staging

Spaceplane detaches unintentionally, pilot forgets to check staging

Mojave launch site - We just got word at Apogee that Richard Branson's spaceplane 2, VSS Unity with him on it just detached from White knight, the mother spacecraft. It happening though was not planned. The plan was that White Knight would go up to 80 kilometers and then detach VSS Unity so that they could prove Beff Jezos wrong and beat him to space.

The pilots meant to start the engine on the VSS Unity so that they could pull some extra thrust and then shut it down again for a re-start at 80 Kilometers so that the spacecraft reaches a 100 kilometers but the pilots forgot to check their staging.

Richard Branson was so angry that they cut the comms and video so that it all looked normal. We tried to interview Beff Jezos but we found out he drank too much in the happiness of being the first to "space".

Article by @space_forlife