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Virgin is being investigated for irregularities in its space flight | Digital Trends Spanish

Richard Branson’s July flight to the edge of space aboard a Virgin Galactic spacecraft may not have been entirely successful.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened an investigation against the company for having deviated from designated airspace during the flight.

According to an article by The New Yorker, the two pilots of the mission received yellow and red lights during the flight that, according to the sources of the investigation, forced them to abort the mission.

The article indicates that, during the climb, the VSS Unity was not climbing at the correct angle, more specifically, the angle of climb was not vertical enough.

In accordance with airline protocol, pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci had two options at the time: they could either shut off the engine and abort the climb, or they could correct the trajectory immediately.

They opted for the second alternative, although the safest way was to have aborted the mission.

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

The second irregularity occurred on descent, when the craft briefly went out of its designated airspace.

These incidents are in addition to a series of mistakes made by Virgin Galactic. The most serious occurred in 2014 and cost the life of a test pilot. After months of investigation, it was discovered that the accident was due to a manufacturing error in the ship involved.

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