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Virgin Galactic planning to launch suborbital test flight this month

• Space.com

Virgin Galactic will reach space again just two weeks from now, if all goes according to plan.

Virgin Galactic aims to launch its VSS Unity space plane on its third piloted test flight to suborbital space between Nov. 19 and Nov. 23, according to an update the company released on Thursday (Nov. 5). 

The upcoming flight will tote some revenue-generating payloads via NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, the update notes. The planned mission will mark Unity's first trip to space since February 2019 and its first-ever spaceflight from Virgin Galactic's commercial hub, Spaceport America in New Mexico. 

"This will be the first-ever human spaceflight conducted from New Mexico," Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in the update.


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