Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight on December 13, 2018
Source: Virgin Galactic
Space tourism company Virgo Galactic on Wednesday said it remains on track to conduct its next test space flight in the coming weeks.
“We expect our first Spaceport America space flight to take place this fall, and we are pleased to confirm that we are still on schedule,” the company said in a blog post.
Virgin Galactic last month An FCC file states that the window for the next space flight will be opened on October 22ndThe company made it clear on Wednesday that “preparations are going well, but we are not quite at the stage where we can confirm certain planned flight dates for both” the test flights or space travel. Virgin Galactic said it will “share updates to launch dates that are closer to the confirmed launch window”.
Virgin Galactic shares fell about 3% in midday trading from the previous close of $ 21.81 prior to the announcement.
In addition, the next space flight will be the first from the company’s operations base at Spaceport America in New Mexico. It will also be Virgin Galactic first space flight since February 2019When the company launched chief astronaut trainer Beth Moses as the spacecraft’s first test passenger.
The company announced that the test flight will carry three research payloads under NASA’s flight opportunities program.
The Southwest Research Institute also announced on Wednesday that planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern will be one of the first to fly on a yet-to-be-planned Virgin Galactic mission, accompanying a payload of NASA-funded scientific experiments.
“This is the first selection by a private sector researcher to fly commercial vehicles with NASA funding,” Stern said in a statement. “Working in space for the first time, after spending so many years sending machines there to do research for myself, will be a major career highlight and it is an honor to be selected.”
Virgin Galactic Michael Colglazier said in a statement to CNBC that he was “pleased to see that NASA has embraced the” man-made “market through its successful flight opportunities program, and we have strong evidence of global demand for suborbital research flight, which is reflected in our recently signed contract with the Italian Air Force. “
“Today’s announcement by NASA and the Southwest Research Institute marks the beginning of a new and greater opportunity for the role of suborbital space travel in space-based research,” added Colglazier.
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