The Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) mothership was damaged on Aug 19 when its left main landing gear collapsed on the runway at Mojave, Calif.
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Fortunately for the test effort, the Scaled Composites-designed SpaceShipTwo (SS2) spaceship was not suspended beneath the WK2 at the time. Scaled Composites says WK2 was on its 37th test flight when the gear collapsed, though no information has yet been released about whether the aircraft had already flown, or was about to take off, when the incident occurred. AWIN subscribers can read more background to the story here.
The Mojave-based company says in a statement that “a minor incident occurred on the runway at Mojave airport this morning, which involved a mechanical problem with the left hand-side landing gear of WhiteKnightTwo. No injuries were sustained.”