FAA grants Virgin Galactic an operator licence for its SpaceShipTwo rocketplane

by | Aug 3, 2016 | Commercial human spaceflight, Personal spaceflight, Virgin Galactic | 0 comments

After a full safety analysis of the vehicle, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operator license for its suborbital SpaceShipTwo rocketplane. The award will eventually permit commercial operations of the vehicle.

Modified library image of SpaceShipTwo in powered ascent. Courtesy: Virgin Galactic

Modified library image of SpaceShipTwo in powered ascent. Courtesy: Virgin Galactic

The news is a step forward for the project which was rocked by a fatal test flight accident in 2014 when the craft’s wing was accidentally deployed during the ascent part of the flight.

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