FAA Grounds Virgin Galactic

Keith's note: This is the news Virgin Galactic wanted to focus on today:

Virgin Galactic Announces First Commercial Research Mission

"Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. ... today announced the manifest for the next rocket-powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo Unity from Spaceport America, which will be the first commercial, human-tended research mission for the Company. ... The Company is targeting a flight window in late September or early October 2021, pending technical checks and weather."

Instead, this is what they had to deal with today (in chronologial order):

The Red Warning Light on Richard Branson's Space Flight, New Yorker

"On July 11th, nearly a minute into the rocket trip carrying Richard Branson ... But it was veering off course, and the light was a warning to the pilots that their flight path was too shallow and the nose of the ship was insufficiently vertical. If they didn't fix it, they risked a perilous emergency landing in the desert on their descent."

Virgin Galactic Statements In Response to New Yorker Article

"Although the flight's ultimate trajectory deviated from our initial plan, it was a controlled and intentional flight path that allowed Unity 22 to successfully reach space and land safely at our Spaceport in New Mexico. At no time were passengers and crew put in any danger as a result of this change in trajectory."

FAA Statement halting Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Flights

"Virgin Galactic may not return the SpaceShip Two vehicle to flight until the GFAA approves the final mishap investigation report or determines the issues related to the mishap do not affect public safety."

Virgin Galactic Statement In Response To FAA Halt to SpaceShip Two Flights

"At no time were passengers and crew put in any danger as a result of this change in trajectory, and at no time did the ship travel above any population centers or cause a hazard to the public. FAA representatives were present in our control room during the flight and in post-flight debriefs."

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