The FAA has banned the Virgin Galactic launch of the spacecraft “SpaceShipTwo”. The background is the incident that took place while flying into space.
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The company said Thursday that the “SpaceShipTwo” spacecraft will not be allowed to fly until the FAA approves the “Final Fracture Investigation Report” or determines that there is no risk to public safety.
This is a serious setback for Branson, who wants to provide private aircraft for space. It was previously reported that the spacecraft deviated from the planned curriculum during a test flight with France on July 11.
According to The New Yorker, the orange and red warning lights came on during the flight. Accordingly, the ascent angle of the aircraft is not perpendicular enough.
The pilots did not give up the task but tried to make corrections. Eventually, the plane landed safely at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America Airport in the desert of the state of New Mexico in the United States.
In total, the spacecraft is said to have been one minute and 41 seconds outside the recommended airspace.
The FAA on Thursday confirmed that the plane had deviated from the approved course on its return to Earth. “The FAA investigation is ongoing.”
Branson fulfilled his lifelong dream by plane – while defeating his rival Jeff Bezos, who flew into the sky nine days later on a rocket from his private space agency Blue Origin.
Virgin Galactic had planned two more flights this year before entering the paid passenger business in early 2022.
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