Virgin Galactic delays commercial space flight until late 2022, citing safety concerns around material ‘strength margins’ — RT World News

Richard Branson’s spaceflight business Virgin Galactic has announced that recent analysis highlighted safety concerns around the strength of materials used in its rocket ships, forcing delays to its commercial manned launches.

On Thursday, the company released a statement stating that they would start an enhancement program. The next test flight would not be scheduled until this work has been finished.

It stated in detail that tests have shown concerns regarding the materials used to build spacecraft. “One of these recent laboratory-based tests flagged a possible reduction in the strength margins of certain materials used to modify specific joints, and this requires further physical inspection,”It is as follows.

You can also get the enhancement program. “further increase margins that will enable improved reliability, durability and reduced maintenance requirements”When it starts commercial space flight operations. also available
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The firm’s commercial service is now expected to be delayed until late 2022.The process of improving and refitting the spacecraft is expected to take between eight and 10 months, a spokesperson told CNBC.

“The re-sequencing of our enhancement period and the Unity 23 flight underscores our safety-first procedures,”Michael Colglazier is the CEO of the company.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had grounded Branson’s spaceflight firm after it learned that the July flight that carried the firm’s boss had deviated from its designated course. Virgin Galactic received clearance to resume flight in September after an FAA investigation.

Virgin Galactic shares opened at 15% on Friday, following the delayed news.

On Wednesday, legendary television and film actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original science-fiction series ‘Star Trek’, became the oldest person to visit space as he flew aboard a Blue Origin rocket – a Virgin Galactic competitor.

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