Virgin Galactic Aircraft Makes First Flight in Over a Year Written 17 February 2023


SS2 and VMS Eve inside a hangar in Mojave, CA. | Credit: Mark Greenberg, Virgin Galactic | Wikimedia Commons; CC-BY-SA-3.0

Space News reports that Virgin Galactic’s carrier aircraft made its first flight in more than a year on Wednesday as the company looks to start commercial service. The VMS Eve left the Mojave Air and Space Port in California for a flight lasting more than two and a half hours before returning to the airport. This was the first flight for VMS Eve “since it flew to Mojave from Spaceport America in New Mexico in October 2021.” The company “performed an extensive overhaul of the plane while in Mojave, including replacing the center pylon where the SpaceShipTwo spaceplane is attached.”
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