- Virgin Galactic has been approved to resume launches after the company implements the changes
- The company will update the calculations to expand airspace for future flights and take additional steps to notify FAA Air Traffic Control in real time.
- On September 2, the FAA suspended Virgin from flying pending an investigation.
- Virgin’s July 11 flight hovered outside restricted airspace for 1 minute, 41 seconds
- The flight eventually re-entered restricted airspace and returned safely to Earth
Virgin Galactic said late Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the space tourism company to resume launches as the company said it would implement changes related to air traffic control clearance and communications.
Co-founded by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic said it will update the calculation to expand airspace for future flights to ensure it has ‘enough protected airspace’ for a variety of flight trajectories. and will take additional steps to ensure that it is notifying FAA Air. Traffic control in real time.
On September 2, the FAA suspended Virgin Galactic from flying its SpaceShipTwo spaceplanes.
During the investigation, it was learned that the aircraft had exited the restricted airspace for 1 minute, 41 seconds during the July 11 flight.
When the probe was first announced, Virgin Galactic acknowledged that ‘the flight fell below the height of the airfield’, noting that it encountered high-altitude winds that altered the trajectory.
The company said earlier this month that the flight eventually re-entered restricted airspace and that “the ship never traveled above a population center or posed a danger to the public.”
Virgin Galactic is cleared to resume launches after the FAA approves corrective measures to prevent accidents
CEO Michael Colglazier said the company is committed to safety and appreciated the FAA’s review.
“Updates to our airspace and real-time mission notification protocols will strengthen our preparedness as we move closer to the commercial launch of our spaceflight experience,” he said. Statement.
During the July 11 incident, the rocketship carrying Branson and five Virgin Galactic crews exited the air traffic control evacuation area while landing on a runway in New Mexico. The FAA suspends flights pending investigation.
The company will update the calculations to expand airspace for future flights and take additional steps to notify FAA Air Traffic Control in real time. On September 2, the FAA suspended Virgin from flying its SpaceShipTwo (pictured), pending an investigation
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will charge customers £324,000 for a single ticket
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will charge customers £324,000 ($446,000) to fly into space.
Ticket sales have resumed as the company tries to capitalize on the success of its July crewed test flight.
That figure is more than £143,000 before sales were suspended following the crash of its first space plane, the VSS Enterprise, in 2014.
About 600 people have tickets for the first round on sale.
“We are pleased to announce the resumption of sales, effective today,” said Chief Executive Michael Colglazier.
‘We are pleased to open the door to an entirely new industry and consumer experience.’
SpaceShipTwo took off from Spaceport America in the desert of New Mexico on July 11 for its mothership, VMS Eve.
According to new yorker, which first reported the investigation, during flight, a red light flashed on the ship’s console, indicating an ‘entry glide-cone warning’.
This warning gave a signal to the pilots that their flight path was too shallow and the nose of the ship was not steep enough, which the pilots fixed after taking corrective action.
Had the flight been aborted, she would have returned to Earth and Branson would not have reached the edge of space.
Branson extended his flight to defeat Jeff Bezos in space on July 11. He had originally planned to leave later in the summer, but made a change when Bezos announced that he would be leaving with Blue Origin on July 20.
Branson made his historic voyage to the edge of space on July 11, traveling 50 miles above the New Mexico desert, and ushering in a new era of space tourism.
Everything was going according to plan at the time, with motherhood as expected, and the spaceplane was required to receive 50,000 pounds to continue its 40-mile journey into space, before gliding back safely to land on the runway at Spaceport America. was being dropped on Ft.
It was the first fully crewed test flight for a Virgin Galactic spaceplane.
Branson was joined in the cabin by three other employees of the space tourism firm to test the customer experience, including seat quality.
Virgin’s July 11 flight hovered outside restricted airspace for 1 minute, 41 seconds. The flight eventually re-entered restricted airspace and returned safely to Earth
Pilots Dave McKay and Michael Masucci were in the cockpit flying the spacecraft after separation from VMS Eve.
Virgin Galactic operates a pilot vehicle, unlike Blue Origin and SpaceX, which have fully automated systems from the ground up.
Earlier Sir Richard has said that ‘a private program cannot afford to lose anyone’, referring to the risks involved in human spaceflight.
In 2014, Scaled Composites test pilot Michael Ellsbury was killed and co-pilot Peter Siebold seriously injured when VSS Enterprise disintegrated during a powered atmospheric test.
Virgin Galactic later took over all operations after the accident.
Four years later, Mackay and Masucci, above, piloted a SpaceShipTwo vessel that spiraled out of control, spinning and wobbling in mid-air before achieving stability and helping it land safely.
The firm hopes to begin launching paying customers into space early next year with 600 ‘Future Astronaut’ ticket holders…