Virgin Galactic has issued an announcement following a failed take a look at over the weekend.
The corporate stated, through the take a look at flight, the rocket motor “didn’t fireplace as a result of ignition sequence not finishing”.
Following this occasion, the pilots performed a protected touchdown and return to Spaceport America, New Mexico as deliberate.
Virgin Galactic is now conducting post-flight evaluation and might thus far report that the onboard pc which screens the propulsion system misplaced connection, triggering a fail-safe state of affairs that deliberately halted ignition of the rocket motor.
This technique, like others on the spaceship, is designed such that it defaults to a protected state each time energy or communication with sensors is misplaced.
The pilots within the spaceship, in addition to the engineers and pilots in mission management, are nicely ready for any off-nominal outcomes, as they plan and rehearse many potential eventualities throughout pre-flight simulation follow periods, together with a state of affairs the place the rocket motor doesn’t ignite after launch from the mothership.
Michael Colglazier, chief govt, Virgin Galactic stated: “Our flight landed superbly, with pilots, planes, and spaceship protected, safe, and in wonderful form — the muse of each profitable mission!
“The flight didn’t attain house as we had been planning.
“After being launched from its mothership, the spaceship’s onboard pc that screens the rocket motor misplaced connection.
“As designed, this triggered a fail-safe state of affairs that deliberately halted ignition of the rocket motor. Following this prevalence, our pilots flew again to Spaceport America and landed gracefully as traditional.”
He added: “As we do with each take a look at flight, we’re evaluating all the info, together with the basis trigger evaluation of the pc communication loss.
“We stay targeted on the take a look at flight program we’ve beforehand introduced, starting with a repeat of this take a look at flight, which included two pilots and NASA payloads.
“This will probably be adopted by one other take a look at flight which is able to embrace mission specialists within the cabin.
“And following that flight, we could have one other take a look at flight which is able to embrace our founder, Richard Branson.
“We stay up for sharing info on our subsequent flight window within the close to future.”