Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft Unity reaches area for the primary time.
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Virgin Galactic plans to conducts its subsequent crewed spaceflight check on Oct. 22, in keeping with paperwork the corporate filed with the Federal Communications Fee on Tuesday.
The flight might be the first of two that the space tourism company has planned to complete testing of its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft system and may have simply two check pilots on board. Virgin Galactic stated final month that the second check spaceflight will then have 4 “mission specialists” contained in the cabin. If each check flights succeed, Virgin Galactic expects to fly founder Sir Richard Branson within the first quarter of 2021 – a milestone that may mark the start of the corporate’s industrial tourism service.
Shares of Virgin Galactic closed down 3.7% on Friday at $15.92 a share.
Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft Unity and service plane Eve within the hangar at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
A Virgin Galactic spokesperson confirmed the submitting’s accuracy however famous that the Oct. 22 date marks the start of a flight window, so the launch might occur within the days following. Earlier than the Oct. 22 spaceflight, Virgin Galactic stated within the submitting that it plans to conduct four-hour check flights of the spacecraft’s service plane WhiteKnightTwo, with these flights scheduled for Oct. 1 and Oct. 7.
Virgin Galactic’s subsequent spaceflight might be its first from the corporate’s working base at Spaceport America in New Mexico. It’s going to even be Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight since February 2019, when the corporate launched chief astronauts coach Beth Moses because the spacecraft’s first check passenger.
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