Virgin Galactic has confirmed the start of commercial spaceline operations. The first commercial spaceflight, ‘Galactic 01,’ is planned to fly between 27-30 June, 2023. The second commercial spaceflight, ‘Galactic 02,’ will follow in early August 2023, with monthly spaceflights expected thereafter, the listed company said.
A new video released by Virgin Galactic on YouTube three days ago to promote the now imminent summer launch of the “space line for earth” has already amassed 16,000 views globally.
“To date, less than 700 people have traveled to space. We’re about to change that, with the official opening of our commercial spaceflight service this summer,” Virgin Galactic proclaimed.
“Our first two spaceflights will provide you with an exclusive preview of the extraordinary experience we have in store for our scientific research and private astronaut customers. These inaugural flights will mark the beginning of our monthly spaceflights, dedicated to serving our global community of Future Astronauts,” Sir Richard Branson’s space program told wannabe astronauts.
In a press release, Virgin Galactic said its team and vehicles are ready to fly the Company’s first customers to space, having successfully completed the Unity 25 spaceflight and subsequent routine analysis and vehicle inspections.
As flagged previously by LATTE, ‘Galactic 01,’ a scientific research mission, will carry three crew members from the Italian Air Force and the National Research Council of Italy to conduct microgravity research. With scientific payloads on board, the spaceflight will showcase the value and power of the unique suborbital science lab that Virgin Galactic offers.
Details regarding the crew and manifest for initial Virgin Galactic flights will be released in advance of each mission.