Fancy Leaving the Planet? Virgin Galactic Broadcasts a November Flight

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Virgo GalacticThe ScSed Composites SpaceShipTwo (central fuselage) spaceship rests under its mothership White Knight Two in a hangar in Mojave, Ca., USA. By Virgin Galactic / Mark Greenberg – Link, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Virgin Galactic has announced its first flight from Spaceport America, scheduled to take off November 19-23.

Virgin Galactic on the first space flight from Spaceport America

Greg Rose
November 6, 2020

Virgin Galactic announced that the first space flight from Spaceport America is expected to take place between November 19 and 23, 2020. This flight will contain revenue generating payloads as part of NASA's flight opportunities program.

Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said the company had made good progress in final preparations for the first rocket-propelled test flight of VSS Unity from Spaceport America in November this year.

"We have also made significant progress on our second SpaceShipTwo vehicle, which we plan to launch in the first quarter of 2021," he commented. "During my first three months with the company, I was consistently impressed by the team and the tremendous amount of work that made the dream of commercial spaceflight a reality."

As part of Virgin Galactic's third quarter financial results, he also shared ticket sales details: “As we continue to prepare for commercial launch, we will reopen ticket sales in 2021 after Richard Branson's flight. I am excited and confident that we can deliver on our vision and deliver transformative experiences to people around the world. "

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November 8, 2020 in space. Tags: Spaceport America, SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic