Virgin Galactic is aiming to obtain a commercial operating license from the US Federal Aviation Administration
Space tourism company Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it had set a new test-flight window opening on December 11, after pausing preparations last month due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by New Mexico.
The Richard Branson-founded company said the rocket-powered test flight would also carry payloads for NASA as part of a contract announced on Monday.
The flight will test elements of the spacecraft’s customer cabin, stabilizers and flight controls during boost.
Virgin Galactic is aiming to obtain a commercial operating license from the US Federal Aviation Administration after conducting a certain number of test flights.
The test flight, initially planned from its New Mexico spaceport between November 19-23, was put on hold after the state enacted a stay-at-home order through November 30 amid surging coronavirus cases.
The December flight, pending good weather conditions and technical readiness, will be conducted by essential personnel only, with no guests or media onsite, Virgin Galactic said.