Reply to post: Re: "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

Re: "Virgin Galactic has remained tight-lipped over what happened"

Whose mission control would that be? Some folks do seem to need reminding that NASA and the good ol' US of A do not have a monopoly on commercial spaceflight.

As one industry pundit put it, "Private flights in private ships mean private mission control." While in FAA airspace, that mission control remains legally subject to licensing by the FAA, and that means doing what ATC tells you to.

Of course, launching from one of the nascent UK sites would be equally under the thumb of the CAA/NATS, etc. etc. Or, maybe try the Eurospace facility at Kourou in French Guiana. Then, there are those New Zealand guys... Don't think any of them ever launched the Shuttle.

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