Next Virgin Galactic space flight delayed by COVID

Third test flight postponed as New Mexico implements coronavirus restrictions

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Virgin Galactic has temporarily downsized its operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico as the US state battles to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

The decision means the planned third test space flight earmarked for 19-23 November will be delayed.

Sir Richard Branson’s space program was following new guidelines set out by the New Mexico Department of Health, aimed at disrupting the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

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“With the health and safety of our team members in mind, and in accordance with the recent direction from the New Mexico Department of Health, we will be minimising our New Mexico operations to the greatest degree possible,” Michael Colglazier, CEO, Virgin Galactic said.

“While these new restrictions cause us to adjust our flight schedule, we take this pause in stride and will be prepared to resume our pre-flight procedures and announce a new test flight window as soon as we can.

“Our team members at Virgin Galactic, our Future Astronauts, and our fans around the world remain incredibly excited for our upcoming spaceflight.”

Lead image: The Virgin Galactic Spaceflight System in front of Spaceport America | © Virgin Galactic 2020

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