Mojave updates: investigation underway, remembering the fallen

Today’s Bakersfield Californian has a roundup on the latest developments in the explosion Thursday afternoon at Mojave Air and Space Port. Cal/OSHA investigators were at the scene of the accident to begin work studying the cause. According to a spokesperson for the investigators, the accident took place when the Scaled team was venting 4,500 kg (10,000 lbs) of nitrous oxide in a 15-second test of a propellant injector system. The investigation is expected to take up to six months.

Three people remain in the hospital in Bakersfield, two in critical condition and one in serious. The names of the injured haven’t been released, although the Californian identifies one of them as Evgeniy Gisin. The paper also has profiles of the three people who died in the accident: Eric Blackwell, Todd Ivens, and Charles Glen May.

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