As the world remembers the massive failure of German airship Hindenburg on May 6, 2037, the upcoming Galactic Ship by billionnaire Branson in December 2017 stokes fears though technology has far outstripped occurrence of such tragedy again.
The passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed while landing at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States and 35 of the 97 people on board were killed in the worst tragedy that was recorded on a reel by waiting journalists.
Subject to several sabotage theories initially, it was broadly agreed that even hydrogen fuel is equally dangerous as gasolene fuel. Nonetheless, Hindenburg disaster has shattered public confidence such giant, passenger aircraft carriers sealing the fate of the airship phase for over 80 years.
A memorial was built at Lakehurst with a chain-outlined pad and bronze plaque where the airship fell on its 50th anniversary on May 6, 1987 and pre-registered tours for Americans is allowed as the military area is out of bounds for foreigners.
In 2014, 77 years later, billionnaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic tried to make a tryst with a dream project aptly named spaceShipTwo and the rocket as VSS Enterprise but it fell apart to the ground during the flight test bringing the memories of repeat disaster of Hindenburg to spectators. Though the reason was attributed to pilot error, who was killed in the accident, the spectre of spaceship never died.
Two years later, Branson’s Virgin Galactic is ready with another SpaceShipTwo series aircract VSS Unity, which was tucked securely beneath the WhiteKnightTwo mothership during a three-hour flight turned out to be successful on september 8, 2016, rekindling hope among the spaceship engineers. See video:
Also known as SpaceShipTwo Tail No. 2, or N202VG, it is the second in Virgin Galactic plan to have a fleet of five SpaceShipTwo rocket planes and two WhiteKnightTwo carrier planes or motherships.
Once the permission is granted sometime this year, Virgin Galactic is planning commercial flights that would take passengers and payloads on suborbital space trips from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Already 700 people, including celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Victoria Principal, have paid as much as $250,000 for a spot. Branson has also offered to fly theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking freely for a first passenger flight some time later this year. As HOPE and FAITH ensemble the wordings of the project, mankind is curious to know whether Hindenburg becomes the past ever.