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Virgin Galactic cancels its first human space flight

The crew of the VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo landed safely on the ground after the on-board computer lost the connection.

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Virgin Galactic cancels its first human space flight
Virgin Galactic cancels its first human space flight

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  • This is a major blow to Virgin Galactic’s manned space preparations, previously suspended in response to state guidelines for COVID-19 in New Mexico.
  • The entire ordeal was captured in a two hour live broadcast on NASASpaceflight.com.

Virgo galactic broke off his first attempt at human space travel after the on-board computer VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo lost connection.

Less than an hour after starting on Saturday from America spaceport in New Mexico, unit was released from the aircraft carrier WhiteKnightTwo and started his engine. But a second after the shooting, the mission was canceled; The pilots CJ Sturckow and David Mackay successfully brought the vehicle back to earth intact.

The entire ordeal was captured in a two-hour live broadcast on NASASpaceflight.com:

“The flight [del sábado] It landed beautifully, with pilots, airplanes and spacecraft, safely and in excellent condition, the basis of any successful mission. Our flight … didn’t go into space as we planned, “Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a tweet statement.

“After he was released from the mothership, the SpaceShipTwo Unity on-board computer, which is monitoring the rocket motor, lost connection. As planned, this triggered a fail-safe scenario that deliberately kept the rocket motor from firing.” explained. “After this fact, our pilots flew back to Spaceport America and landed gracefully as usual.”

This is a major blow to Virgin Galactic’s manned space preparations, previously suspended in response to state guidelines for COVID-19 in New Mexico. The weekend flight should “achieve a number of goals,” including testing elements of the customer’s cabin and evaluating improved horizontal stabilizers and flight controls, according to a recent statement from the company.

It is unknown when the company will plan its next attempt. Virgin Galactic needs to do a data review first to better understand what went wrong on Saturday.

“As with every test flight, we evaluate all data, including the causes of the loss of computer communication,” said Colglazier. “We look forward to sharing information about our next flight window in the near future.”

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