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Virgin Galactic says its space mission with the Italian Air Force is delayed due to a possible manufacturing flaw

Virgin Galactic says its space mission with the Italian Air Force is delayed due to a possible manufacturing flaw

Richard Branson floats in space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane.
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Virgin Galactic rescheduled a commercial research test flight over a potential manufacturing defect.




The possible flaw was unrelated to the FAA's investigation of its rocket plane, the company said.




Virgin pushed its space mission with the Italian Air Force back to mid-October at the earliest.




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Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic said on Friday that its first commercial research mission with the Italian Air Force would be delayed because of a possible manufacturing defect.The spaceflight company said that during groundwork, a third-party supplier flagged a potential defect in a component of the flight-control system they provided."At this point, it is not yet known whether the defect is present in the company's vehicles and what, if any, repair work may be needed," Virgin Galactic said in a statement.The company said it's conducting a vendor inspection, which was part of Virgin Galactic's usual safety procedures.
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