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Virgin Galactic reports detached part during recent flight

EditorLina Guerrero
Published 02/05/2024, 05:59 PM
Updated 02/05/2024, 05:59 PM
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ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NYSE:SPCE) disclosed that a routine post-flight inspection revealed an alignment pin had detached from the mothership, VMS Eve, during the "Galactic 06" mission. The company confirmed the incident on January 31 to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is currently reviewing the matter with the agency.

The alignment pin is part of the mechanism that secures the spaceship to the mothership during the initial phase of the flight. According to Virgin Galactic, the pin successfully performed its function while the vehicles were mated, and its detachment occurred after the spaceship had been released and did not pose any danger to the crew, the mothership, or people on the ground.

Virgin Galactic emphasized that the "Galactic 06" flight was carried out safely and in compliance with their stringent flight procedures. The company also stated that there was no damage to either the spaceship or the mothership as a result of the pin's detachment. The shear pin fitting assembly, which works in conjunction with the alignment pin during the flight, remained intact and undamaged.

The company has announced that it will provide an update upon completion of the review and will confirm the schedule for the next mission, "Galactic 07," expected in the second quarter of 2024.

Virgin Galactic is an aerospace company that aims to pioneer space travel for private individuals and researchers.

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