Fatal explosion at Mojave Air and Space Port

Details are sketchy, but it looks like the explosion centered around nitrous oxide storage tanks, leading to two fatalities and four serious injuries. A Scaled Composites truck was sighted near the blast. Scaled, maker of the first private craft to reach space, SpaceShipOne, is based at Mojave, and currently developing a larger spacecraft system for Virgin Galactic, the space tourism company owned by Richard Branson. Nitrous oxide is the liquid component of the rocket propellants used by SpaceShipOne’s hybrid rocket motor.

Two Killed After Nitrous Oxide Tanks Explode At Mojave Airport – News Story – KNBC | Los Angeles

3 thoughts on “Fatal explosion at Mojave Air and Space Port

  1. My brother-in-law, Glen May, was one of those who died in this explosion. Glen was one of the lucky ones in life – he got paid to do what he loved and worked with rockets. He was the baby of the family and we all will miss him.

  2. April,

    I’m so sorry for your and your family’s loss. My thoughts are with you and all the extended Scaled family. I hope you’ll accept my heartfelt condolences.

    Robert Wilson.

  3. Ms. May;

    Our grieving is now shared by you. The second victim was my brother’s son, Eric. I’ve not yet had contact with my brother and his wife but I know what he is going through at this time. Your loss will also be in our hearts and minds along with our own. Heartfelt condolences to your family.


    Richard Blackwell

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