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.

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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