Despite the recent accident, surprisingly I still felt 'up for it' - although I think I would now have great difficulty in persuading 3 of my FaceBook friends to accompany me in the unlikely event that I actually won the competition.
Anyway, this blog post is not about me. It's just a rather inadequate expression of condolence for the families and friends of the 2 test pilots who were involved in the recent accident, when the vehicle broke up during a rocket powered flight test. As most of you may know, Mike Alsbury was killed, and Peter Siebold was seriously injured in the accident. Both were around 40 years old, and married with 2 children. Although, as test pilots, they were very much aware that their jobs entailed risk, nevertheless this does not soften the blow for their families. I for one hope that this project continues, and is ultimately successful in being a first small step in opening up the new frontier of 'space' to tourism. Maybe this vision can be a worthy legasy for Mike Alsbury?
I felt a picture of the vehicle (above) in magnificent flight is much more appropriate than images of debris on the desert floor!