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Virgin Galactic banned from flying back into space | Digital Trends Spanish

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States decreed a ban on space flights by Virgin Galactic while investigating a series of irregularities in its flight to the edge of space on July 11 of this year.

In a statement, the agency noted:

“Virgin Galactic will not be able to put the SpaceShipTwo vehicle back into flight until the FAA approves the final report of the accident investigation or determines that the problems related to the accident do not affect public safety.”

According to the investigation, during the flight, pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, received red and yellow warning lights that forced them to suspend the mission, however, they were ignored.

The first of these arose during the ascent, since the angle of the VSS Unity was not vertical enough.

The second, meanwhile, occurred at the time of descending, when the ship briefly left its designated airspace.

According to the company, the deviation was due to the strong winds blowing at that altitude, but they claimed that the pilots were able to act correctly. In addition, they explained that the crew was never in danger.

Furthermore, on the same day as the mission, Virgin Galactic noted that the mission had gone according to plan.

“During the flight on July 11, 2021, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo aircraft deviated from its air traffic control clearance while returning to Spaceport America,” the agency said, confirming that the investigation into this series of irregularities was is in progress.

The FAA also explained that the red light indicates a serious problem that could have been fatal.

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