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FAA closes probe into July 11 Virgin Galactic launch By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO. Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity passenger rocket plane, which is carrying billionaire Richard Branson and his team, ascends to Spaceport America, New Mexico. It will reach the edge of Spaceport America, near Truth or Consequences. This was July 11, 2021. REU

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wedneday said it closed its mishap investigation into the July 11 Virgin Galactic Unity 22 launch, which deviated from assigned airspace on descent.

According to the FAA, Virgin Galactic was required to make changes to how it communicates with them during flight operations. According to the FAA, Virgin Galactic made the necessary adjustments and is now able to resume flight operations.

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