Virgin Galactic grounded, Firefly rocket launch failure and more Top Space Stories this week
By Derek Wise
September 5, 2021
One of SpaceX's new ships, Bob, arrived in Florida after having weathered Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.
Overall, there was minimal damage. One dome was missing and another damaged. The ship will undergo some work before traveling to Port Canaveral.
The twin ship, Doug, already arrived in Port Canaveral.
The ships will recover fairings from the water and support droneship operations.
Firefly attempted the first launch of their Alpha rocket on Thursday.
One of the four engines shut down a few seconds into flight; resulting in decreased power.
After going supersonic, the rocket lost stability and flipped end over end.
Firefly triggered the flight termination system and the rocket was destroyed.
Virgin Galactic has been grounded by the FAA this week, pending the result of an investigation.
The news came as we learned that VSS Unity flew outside the designated airspace for a minute at forty-one seconds during Richard Branson's highly advertised flight.
More top stories, like the first booster return for SpaceX's ship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas' are on our dedicated article.