Virgin Galactic Is Launching a Historic Human Spaceflight This Week

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News Story Source: By Sissi Cao
 Virgin Galactic, the space tourism startup founded by British business mogul Richard Branson, is preparing for its first human spaceflight from Spaceport America in New Mexico as soon as Friday.

It will be Virgin Galactic's third crewed test flight overall (the previous two lifted off from California's Mojave Air and Space Port in December 2018 and February 2019, respectively) and one of the last before the company launches its $250,000-per-seat suborbital tourism service.

The upcoming test was originally scheduled for last month, but was postponed due to New Mexico's COVID-19 restrictions. Virgin Galactic is now aiming a flight window no earlier than Friday, pending weather conditions. Under the state's current public health order, only staff critical to the mission will be on site for the launch.

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