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How Did Brian Binnie Die? SpaceShipOne Test pilot who won XPRIZE Cause of Death? dies at 69


We are saddened to report the death of Brian Binnie. Confirming the disheartening piece of news, Binnie’s family posted on Facebook. They wrote that with overwhelming grief, sadness, and sorrow, they announce the demise of their beloved Brian and went on to add that they ask for privacy during this time for their family to grieve the loss of their husband, father, brother, and friend . Tributes and condolence messages have flooded the internet since then. Apart from expressing their sadness, netizens are also searching for his cause of death. Here’s what we know about it.

Brian Binnie

According to reports, the arrangements are being made for Binnie to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Let us add that Binnie was the second person in history to pilot a private craft into space in 2004. Now, it is coming forward that the beloved pilot has taken his last breath on Thursday, September 15, 2022, as confirmed by his family members on Facebook.

On October 4, 2004, Binnie departed in the SpaceShipOne rocket plane while serving as a test pilot for Burt Rutan’s aerospace design company, Scaled Composites, now owned by Northrop Grumman. His 24-minute flight beat the record for a winged craft set by the X-15 rocket plane in 1963 and reached a maximum height of 69.6 miles (112 km), crossing the internationally acknowledged von Kármán line dividing Earth’s atmosphere from space.

Binnie entered space for the 442nd time. “It was referred to as the ideal flight. The spacecraft had no roll, pitch, or yaw rates as I continued to keep the motor going up to 215,000 feet before departing the atmosphere. It was incredibly stable and kept going up past the X-15 altitude “said Binnie. He further said that it was a wonderful experience. In West Lafayette, Indiana, on April 26, 1953, William Brian Binnie was born. But from the time he was 5 until he was a teenager, he resided in Scotland with his family.

His aeronautical engineering bachelor’s and fluid mechanics and thermodynamics master’s degrees were obtained from Brown University in Rhode Island after he returned to the United States. Additionally, Binnie has a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from New Jersey’s Princeton University. There, as a student in Princeton’s flying research center, Binnie tested out experimental designs after first learning to fly in a glider as a member of the school’s Soaring Society. He joined the US Navy as a result of that experience in 1978. Follow Social Telecast for more such updates.

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