Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

The first mission in space of the Air Force and the CNR with Virgin Galactic announced and immediately postponed? At the end of the month, the Italian astronauts would have increased from 7 to 10 in a single day, but now we will have to arm ourselves with patience because, even if there was not an accident in the strict sense of the term during the historic flight of 11 July, the Federal Aviation Administration said “stop”. The FAA wants to know why the spaceplane with the same patron Richard Branson deviated for one minute and 40 seconds from the flight plan during the climb up to over 4 thousand kilometers per hour to reach the ceiling altitude of 90 kilometers. A circumstance anticipated by the New Yorker with a reconstruction that is however contested by the VG that that day burned Jeff Bezos on the wire on the restart of space tourism. The company only confirmed that detour by adding that there was never any risk to the six people on board.

The first mission in space of the Air Force and the CNR with Virgin Galactic announced and immediately postponed? At the end of the month, the Italian astronauts would have increased from 7 to 10 in a single day, but now we will have to arm ourselves with patience because, even if there was not an accident in the strict sense of the term during the historic flight of 11 July, the Federal Aviation Administration said “stop”. The FAA wants to know why the spaceplane with the same patron Richard Branson deviated for one minute and 40 seconds from the flight plan during the climb up to over 4 thousand kilometers per hour to reach the ceiling altitude of 90 kilometers. A circumstance anticipated by the New Yorker with a reconstruction that is however contested by the VG that that day burned Jeff Bezos on the wire on the restart of space tourism. The company only confirmed that detour by adding that there was never any risk to the six people on board.

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“Virgin Galactic will not be able to fly its SpaceShipTwo until the FAA has approved the final report of the investigation or determined that the problems related to the accident do not affect public safety,” wrote the American agency. in a statement sent to the AFP.

That deviation is not (yet) a problem of air traffic, because at least ten years will have to pass for suborbital flights from one continent to another to become frequent enough, but safety for pilots (2) and passengers (4 ): if the nose of the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft does not follow the right and very steep angle of climb, the aircraft may not acquire enough altitude and speed for the subsequent phases of the flight, i.e. the soft climax of the parabola and the subsequent and majestic glide down to the Earth. also an innovative change in the attitude of the wings. When the yellow light and then the red light came on, triggered by the gyroscopes on board, the pilots, veterans Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, carried out corrective maneuvers that were effectively successful and this proves in favor of the safety of the spaceplane and the skill of the pilots. but it is clear that the FAA wants to be sure that there was no imprudence related to the importance of that first flight with which Branson beat Jeff Besoz’s New Origin in the race for space tourism and crowned a hard work of 20 years between a thousand stop & go and even the death of a pilot in 2014. “Aborting” that flight would have been a setback difficult to stem also from a commercial point of view and would also have given Besoz the victory in this race as Blue Origin had already set its first flight crewed for July 20.

In all, from the detachment of the mother plane at a height of 15 kilometers to the landing, it is a 15-18 minutes of flight with the space plane, of which 6 during which travelers can imitate the astronauts of the space station by floating in the cabin. Precious minutes for tourists and even more precious minutes for scientists that that situation of microgravity can carry out experiments not possible on the ground.

And in fact the three Italians, the first to go into space with a private company, will carry out 12 scientific experiments also on the effect on humans of these flights which in the future will make it possible to connect the continents in a very short time. There is also an agreement between the Italian space agency, the Turin-based Altec and other Italian companies to set up the second VG spaceport in Grottaglie (Taranto).

By snadmin