Virgin Galactic To Make Second Key Test Flight To Space Written 20 February 2019

CNN reports that Virgin Galactic has scheduled the rocket-powered spaceplane VSS Unity to “attempt one of its highest and fastest test flights ever on Wednesday, potentially bringing the company closer to its goal of launching paying customers to space this year.” VSS Unity is set to lift off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, and it will be piloted by Virgin Galactic test pilots Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci. Virgin Galactic “will fly four research payloads for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program on Wednesday’s mission,” which makes “this flight the second revenue-earning mission for the company.”