The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday kicked off a probe aboard a Virgin Galactic test flight that would have rolled off-course in the summer, allowing Richard Branson’s space tourism company — which would eventually take customers to the edge of outer space — Expects a week-long delay to return to flight after another.
A crash investigation by the FAA confirmed a mid-July test flight of Virgin Galactic – which carried Branson and several other crew members to the edge of space – deviated from the agency-approved flight path during its return to Earth, and Company did not properly communicate this issue to regulators, FAA told Businesshala.
The agency will now allow Virgin Galactic to return to flight, after temporarily grounding the company’s planes when it began an investigation into the crash in early September.
Virgin Galactic agreed to make changes to “how it communicates with the FAA during flight operations to keep the public safe,” the FAA said.
one in StatementVirgin Galactic said it would “expand protected airspace for future flights” so its aircraft have room for a “variety of possible flight trajectories”, and its protocols for communicating mission-related information to the FAA will change.
NS New Yorker Earlier this month it was reported that Virgin Galactic’s pilots changed the plane’s path after a warning light indicated that their climb was too shallow, leading to a landing back to Earth within the specified “glide cone”. His ability was jeopardized, which the company later took a decision. Argued it was safe.
Virgin Galactic was founded by Branson—whose net worth is estimated at $4.4 billion—in 2004, and it went public. two years ago. The company hopes to offer the jaunt into suborbital space to passengers willing to pay a six-figure ticket price featuring a rare view of Earth and brief periods of weightlessness. The company is aiming to start operating commercial flights. early next year, and it resumed selling $450,000 in tickets last month. In July, Branson boarded one of the company’s test flights, which Virgin Galactic described as its first fully crewed mission.
FAA Grounds Virgin Galactic Spacecraft After Branson Flight Crash (Businesshala)