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Virgin Galactic delays commercial space flight until late 2022, citing safety concerns around material ‘strength margins’
Richard Bransons spaceflight business Virgin Galactic has announced that recent analysis highlighted safety concerns around the strength of materials used in its rocket ships, forcing delays to its commercial manned launches.
In a statement on Thursday, the company said it would begin a planned enhancement program and that its next test flight would be delayed until after the work had been completed.
The document stated that recent tests had highlighted concerns about materials used in the spacecraft. “One of these recent laboratory-based tests flagged a possible reduction in the strength margins of certain materials used to modify specific joints, and this requires further physical inspection,” it read.
The enhancement program will “further increase margins that will enable improved reliability, durability and reduced maintenance requirements” when it begins running commercial space flights.