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FAA clears Virgin Galactic to fly after investigation

FAA clears Virgin Galactic to fly after investigation

Virgin Galactic has announced that it has been cleared to resume flight operations by the FAA. Virgin Galactic had been grounded following the conclusion of an FAA inquiry focusing on the spacecraft wandering outside of its flight clearance zone on its Unity 22 flight in July. The FAA has confirmed that Virgin had accepted the corrective actions bringing an end to the inquiry that started on August 11.

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FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights

FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights

Virgin Galactic is one of a few companies that aim to take civilians into space. Recently, Virgin conducted a test flight that included Sir Richard Branson, the company founder, among its crew. Branson and other crewmembers lifted off on July 11 and flew the Virgin Galactic Unity aircraft to an altitude of 86 kilometers above the ground.

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FAA opens Houston office to keep an eye on SpaceX and Blue Origin

FAA opens Houston office to keep an eye on SpaceX and Blue Origin

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration opened a new office in Houston that is designed to help the agency monitor nearby private space companies, including SpaceX and Blue Origin. The facility will help the agency monitor activities conducted by private space companies in and near Texas, the FAA explained, joining the new tracking system it announced last month.

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Tougher FAA Astronaut Wings rules could leave Bezos & Branson in limbo

Tougher FAA Astronaut Wings rules could leave Bezos & Branson in limbo

How high do you need to fly in order to officially qualify as an astronaut? That's an answer the US FAA has just weighed in on and, while the definition of where space begins may still be controversial, what it takes to get the coveted Astronaut Wings is now tougher - and could have big implications for billionaire space-fans like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.

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FAA activates powerful new system to track spacecraft in near-real time

FAA activates powerful new system to track spacecraft in near-real time

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has activated a powerful new system that'll enable it to track rocket launches in near-real-time, as well as spacecraft when they reenter Earth's airspace on their way to the ground. The new program is intended to increase the safety of the US's National Airspace System, according to the agency, joining the FAA's existing air traffic management efforts.

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Alphabet’s Wing releases OpenSky drone open-airspace app in US

Alphabet’s Wing releases OpenSky drone open-airspace app in US

Alphabet's Wing has released its OpenSky drone piloting app in the US, aiming to make it easier for UAV operators - whether individuals or companies - to figure out where they can fly without falling foul of FAA and other rules. The app initially debuted in 2019, though was originally only available in Australia.

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Virgin Galactic space passenger flights score key FAA approval

Virgin Galactic space passenger flights score key FAA approval

Virgin Galactic has been granted a key FAA license in order to fly passengers to space, something the company still aims to do over the summer. The approval extends Virgin Galactic's existing license by the US Federal Aviation Administration to carry cargo into space, and came after the company's May 22 test flight proved a success.

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Boeing 737 MAX hit with $17m FAA fine as 787 Dreamliner woes continue

Boeing 737 MAX hit with $17m FAA fine as 787 Dreamliner woes continue

Boeing faces a further $17 million in fines from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over the 737 MAX incident, the penalties announced amid rumors that 787 Dreamliner deliveries have again been delayed. The aircraft-maker saw 737 MAX planes return to service late in 2020, after nearly two years of being grounded following two fatal crashes.

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Some Boeing 737 MAX grounded again after another fault spotted

Some Boeing 737 MAX grounded again after another fault spotted

The beleaguered Boeing 737 MAX has run into another issue, with the plane-maker recommending that some of tis jets be grounded after identifying more safety problems. A "potential electrical issue" has been blamed for the sudden announcement, which could force some airlines to cancel flights after aircraft are benched.

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American Robotics drones allowed to fly no on-site human operators

American Robotics drones allowed to fly no on-site human operators

Drones have been a controversial topic in the aviation industry, with regulators still on the fence about approving these unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial use. The pandemic, however, may have made the need for drones, which reduced the need for human contact, even more urgent. While the US Federal Aviation Administration has given its green light for the use of many drones, those came with rather hard requirements when it came to the involvement of humans. Now the FAA has lifted that restriction for one drone maker, removing the need for having a human nearby.

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NASA and FAA pen agreement in support of future space missions

NASA and FAA pen agreement in support of future space missions

NASA and the FAA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement to streamline spaceflight requirements and standards in addition to supporting future space missions. Among other things, the newly penned MOU will see NASA and FAA work together on a 'clear framework' designed for private companies launching space vehicles.

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Boeing 737 MAX nails first passenger flight in US after long ban

Boeing 737 MAX nails first passenger flight in US after long ban

The Boeing 737 MAX has returned to commercial service in the US with a flight that took place through American Airlines. The trip, which included AA's President Robert Isom as one of the passengers, went from Miami to New York, the route that will be used for daily flights as American Airlines eases the airliner back into service.

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