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Experts: FAA Review Process for SpaceShipTwo Flawed, Subject to Political Pressure

August 2, 2015

SpaceShipTwo fuselage (Credit: NTSB) By Douglas Messier Managing Editor The Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental permit to Scaled Composites to begin flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in 2012 despite serious…

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Safety experts contend that proper safety checks were never performed in SpaceShipTwo, either before or after they made major structural changes to accommodate the new nylon engine. In addition, scenarios involving human error were not investigated.

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