Carrier aircraft VMS Eve takes off from Spaceport America in New Mexico, carrying spacecraft VSS Unity on July 11, 2021.
The regulator had grounded the space tourism company’s operations The FAA discovered that the spacecraft of the company had violated its restricted airspace on the July 11 mission. This was earlier in the month.
According to the FAA, “The investigation revealed that Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo’s vehicle deviated in space from its allocated airspace during descent,” and “Virgin Galactic did not communicate this deviation as required.”
According to the FAA, Virgin Galactic made necessary changes during spaceflight operations. It stated that they had updated their calculations to “expand the protected airspace” for future missions and also taken “additional measures” so the FAA can receive “real time mission notifications.”
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We appreciate the FAA’s comprehensive review of our inquiry. We have a test flight program that is designed to improve and continue improving our procedures and processes. In a press release, Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier stated that the updates to our airspace will help us strengthen our preparations for commercial spaceflight.