“The most misleading statement today was that of Virgin Galactic.” The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it has grounded VirginSpaceShipShipTwo until it has completed its investigation of its flight outside its designated airspace.
During that flight, a red light appeared on the spacecraft's console, warning the crew of a "red cone entry warning." Pilots Dave McKay and Mike Masucci faced a two-second decision: pull the rocket motor or take immediate action to solve your trajectory problem. The pilots chose to continue burning the engine and correcting the error on the trajectory. But in doing so, they flew out of their designated airspace, which was cleared for the safety of aircraft and other people on the ground. Announcement
In the weeks following the flight, Virgin Galactic and Branson's success took place in a sign that he defeated Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin in space. But the report negatively affected the festivities, and Virgin Galactic responded by issuing a statement Wednesday afternoon. Part of it said:
Unit 22 had a safe and successful test flight that adhered to our flight methods and training protocols. When the craft was exposed to high winds and changed course, pilots and systems monitored the path to make sure it stayed within mission parameters. Our pilots respond accurately to these changing flight conditions exactly as they have been trained and according to our established procedures.
But not everyone agrees with the description of the events of Virgin Galactic. "The most misleading statement today was Virgin Galactic's statement. The fact is that the pilots couldn't descend to the correct speed, the winds were good at 'They didn't care about the trajectory error and entered Class A airspace without permission.'"
Consequences of the upcoming flight
Thursday morning, just hours before the FAA announced that SpaceShipTwo would land, Virgin Galactic announced its plans for the next flight. The company said the Unity 23 mission includes three crews. Paid from the Italian Air Force and the National Research Council.Virgin Galactic announced in a press release that it will target the flight window in late September or early October 2021, pending technical and weather reviews.Does not refer to the FAA.
However That said, following the FAA's announcement, Virgin Galactic updated its statement.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is monitoring the short time the spacecraft has flown below its permitted altitude during flight 22. We are taking this issue seriously and are currently investigating the causes of This issue and how to prevent it in future missions... We are working closely with the FAA to investigate and resolve, let's support this issue.
This is not all set for the actual launch of the Unit 23 mission.
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