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Virgin Galactic further delays SpaceShipTwo test flights

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BerichtGeplaatst: 27-02-2021 10:20:00    Onderwerp: Virgin Galactic further delays SpaceShipTwo test flights Reageren met citaat

Virgin Galactic will not launch tourists into space this year after technical refinement delayed the company's test flight by more than two months. During the fourth-quarter 2020 financial earnings report held on Thursday (February 25), a representative for the company announced that Virgin Galactic would delay the next test flight for the SpaceShipTwo sub-vehicle, which is likely to It will take care of a technical issue in May, according to SpaceNews.The delays will push the company's first space tourism flight into 2022.Regarding the upcoming test flights, company officials claim that technical changes were required to the vehicles revealed by the canceled suborbital test flight Dec. 12 caused by electromagnetic interference (EMI). According to SpaceNews,

Virgin Galactic officials said the เกมสล็อตฟรี EMI caused the flight computer to reboot at the same time that SpaceShipTwo's engines caught fire.Two pilots of the vehicle were not injured during the canceled flight and the vehicle landed safely.Following the incident, investigations found that the new flight-control computer system likely gave rise to EMIs, causing the cancellation.Virgin Galactic planned for the earliest follow-up test flights on February 13, but after trying to fix the problem. The company's engineers noticed the ongoing EMI problem and decided to slow it down again, taking time to modify the computers it was building. Interrupting and retesting the system before trying another flight.

We saw some of our sensor readings - pressures and temperatures, and they showed unusual fluctuations, which let us know that EMI still exists and may be in the system that we initially didn't expect." Virgin Galactic President, Kevin Moses, made the call, according to SpaceNews.Following updates and testing of these new systems, Virgin Galactic plans to take the vehicle off the ground for this test flight in May, followed by two more test flights. Those first additional flights will only have two pilots, while the second will include Virgin Galactic employees traveling as test passengers in the vehicle's cabin. It happened this summer, Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a call, according to SpaceNews.

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The company also announced by phone that it would roll out a next iteration of its sub-vehicle, called SpaceShip III, on March 30, after this launch it aims to begin testing the vehicle over the summer in The same time as SpaceShipTwo.The future of the vehicle, a March 30 launch," Virgin Galactic tweeted yesterday (Feb. 25) with a promo picture of what appears to be the vehicle.After these tests, the company will "make improvements and expedite longterm maintenance updates" to the aircraft. WhiteKnightTwo Also known as the VMS Eve, which carried both suborbital vehicles into the air, Colglazier said in a call, according to SpaceNews.

Then it's time to pay customers to step on the boat, he said. "At the end of this period, we expect VSS Unity to begin flying private astronauts and SpaceShip III will be in a position to complete the flight testing we expect in early '22," Colglazier said. supplement Despite the ongoing delays that some representatives blame for the coronavirus outbreak, the company is excited for the year ahead.Looking forward, our focus is on completing our test flight program, expanding our fleet of spacecraft and parent vehicles, and developing a unique and transformable customer experience," Colglazier said of the progress. The company's 2020 page at the press conference after the call.
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