Virgin Galactic Reschedules Opening of Test-Flight Window for December 11 Written 2 December 2020


In this July 11, 2012, photo, British billionaire Richard Branson holds a model of LauncherOne. | Associated Press–©

Reuters reports that on Tuesday, Virgin Galactic announced that “it had set a new” window for the test flight of its LauncherOne rocket, with the window now opening on December 11. The company paused preparations in November because of COVID-19 restrictions put in place by New Mexico. The flight “will test elements of the spacecraft’s customer cabin, stabilizers and flight controls during boost.” The company is seeking to acquire “a commercial operating license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after conducting a certain number of test flights.” Virgin “said the rocket-powered test flight would also carry payloads for NASA as part of a contract announced on Monday.” 
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