Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company, has already carried out some tests with the SpaceShipTwo vehicle in 2018 and 2019. Now, according to documents filed by the company this week, your vehicle may return to space soon: the next test should be carried out on October 22nd.
The date was confirmed by a representative of the company, who also pointed out that October 22 is actually the beginning of a launch window, and therefore, there is a possibility that the flight will take place a little later. According to the CNBC portal, the October flight will be the first of two that the company plans to take to finalize the SpaceShipTwo tests. This first test will have only two pilots on board, and will be carried out at the facilities in New Mexico.
In the case of the second test, the company expects the participation of four mission experts in the cabin. So, if all goes well in both tests, Virgin Galactic should take the entrepreneur and founder Richard Branson on a flight as early as 2021. Although it was delayed due in part to the consequences of the pandemic, the flight with Brason will be striking, as it will represent the official start of the company’s space tourism services.
Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004 with the aim of taking tourists for a walk around the Earth. Initially, the company hoped it would take just a few years to fly with people on board. However, there were delays and an incident that caused the death of a pilot.