Reply to post: "Virgin Galactic has remained tight-lipped over what happened"

Virgin Galactic cleared to fly again after a spell on Federal Aviation Administration's naughty step

steelpillow Silver badge
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"Virgin Galactic has remained tight-lipped over what happened"

Not so. They publicly explained that a slightly prolonged spell at an altitude with higher-than-forecast winds blew them a little off course. They also noted that such events are common enough in regular commercial aviation.

The FAA's concern has always been that they flew outside the tickbox. Solution: make the spaceplane tickbox bigger, and add edge detection to the procedures. But that needed a little time to confirm.

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