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Virgin Galactic further delays SpaceShipTwo test flights, pushing tourist flights to 2022


Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, also called VSS Unity, glides back to Earth after a supersonic test flight on May 29, 2018. The company revealed Feb. 25, 2021 that its 2021 test flight for the vehicle will be delayed as will tourist flights.  (Image credit: Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic won’t be launching tourists to space this year after technical tweaks delayed the company’s upcoming test flight by more than two months. 

During a fourth-quarter earnings call reporting financial results from 2020 held on Thursday (Feb. 25), company representatives announced that Virgin Galactic will be delaying the next test flight for its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle to likely May to take care of technical issues, according to SpaceNews. The delay will push the company’s first space tourist flights to 2022.

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