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FAA grounds Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo after Unity 22 flight mishap

By Seth Kurkowski

September 2, 2021

Flying out of designated airspace could mean big trouble for Virgin Galactic if the FAA wants to punish the company for the mistake. Virgin Galactic responded Thursday to The New Yorker’s claims.

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Although the flight’s ultimate trajectory deviated from our initial plan, it was a controlled and intentional flight path that allowed Unity 22 to successfully reach space and land safely, said Virgin Galactic

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In a statement Thursday the FAA announced that Virgin Galactic cannot return to flying SpaceShipTwo until they have determined the cause of Unity 22’s mishap.

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