Virgin Galactic and the FAA are investigating a dropped pin on last spaceflight
Briefly

Virgin Galactic reported an anomaly on its most recent flight, Galactic 06, which took place 12 days ago. The company discovered a dropped pin during a post-flight review, which helps ensure the spaceship is aligned to its carrier aircraft. The detached pin did not pose a safety threat and did not harm people or property on the ground. The FAA is overseeing the investigation.
"During mated flight, as the vehicles climb towards release altitude, the alignment pin helps transfer drag and other forces from the spaceship to the shear pin fitting assembly and into the pylon and center wing of the mothership," the statement said.
Virgin Galactic reported an alignment pin anomaly on its most recent flight, Galactic 06, which took place 12 days ago. The company discovered a dropped pin during a post-flight review, which helps ensure the spaceship is aligned to its carrier aircraft. The detached pin did not pose a safety threat and did not harm people or property on the ground. The FAA is overseeing the investigation.
On Tuesday, the FAA confirmed that there was no public property or injuries that resulted from the mishap.
Read at Ars Technica
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