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  1. #301
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    I had no idea that astronaut wings
    were an official FAA thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I had no idea that astronaut wings
    were an official FAA thing.
    They started them with the successful flight of SpaceShipOne in 2004. Commercial flights only, I believe. NASA and the Air Force (and now perhaps Space Force?) have handed out wings for government flights.

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    The new rules are from after Branson's flight, so he should be eligible if he requests them.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    I don't have a link to an English article on it, but apparently the FAA is investigating Branson's flight because it went off course starting at 32km altitude during ascent.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    I don't have a link to an English article on it, but apparently the FAA is investigating Branson's flight because it went off course starting at 32km altitude during ascent.
    Here’s an article on that at my favorite tech news website:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...investigating/

    It includes an update with a response from Virgin Galactic disputing some of the claims in the original New Yorker article. It isn’t clear to me yet if this was significant or not. I think the biggest potential concern is if it represented a significant risk to the crew and if there might be an ongoing issue.

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    The BBC also has an article on this, saying SpaceshipTwo is grounded while the FAA does their investigation does their investigation. This could affect the timing of a planned September flight. Virgin Galactic said in their response (can be found in the Ars Technica article I linked to in my prior post) that they were affected by unexpected high altitude winds, but it didn’t affect safety. We’ll just have to wait and see the results of the investigation.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58421796

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    Ars Technica has an article on the grounding now too, with a couple bits of new news, the first interesting enough I wrote this post, a tweet from a former VG pilot disputing the VG statement:

    https://twitter.com/Stuck4ger/status...35615043125248

    “The most misleading statement today was Virgin Galactic's. The facts are the pilots failed to trim to achieve the proper pitch rate, the winds were well within limits, they did nothing of substance to address the trajectory error, and entered Class A airspace without authorization.”

    The second bit of new news wasn’t much, just a new statement from VG, saying they are working closely with the FAA on the issue.

    Ars article link:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021...ght-deviation/

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