Virgin Galactic

We are the world’s first commercial spaceline, and our purpose is to connect people across the globe to the love, wonder and awe created by space travel.

Created: 2019-01-22

Updated: 2023-09-22

Company - Virgin Galactic

Founded
Country
2004
USA
Funding
$920.4M
Website
Virgin Galactic
Social
Virgin Galactic

Product/Service - SpaceShipTwo

Classification
Human Spaceflight & Landers
Category
Microgravity Flight Service (Suborbital)
Suborbital Space Tourism
Point-to-point
Fields
Space Tourism
Suborbital
Status
Active
First launch
2019

Virgin Galactic operates the reusable SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system.

This consists of WhiteKnightTwo, a custom-built, carrier aircraft, and SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first passenger carrying spaceship to be built by a private company and operated in commercial service.

Aerospace company Virgin Galactic has announced a first stage design scope for the build of a new aircraft capable of reaching speeds of Mach 3 (3,700 km/h, or 2,300 mph).

Virgin Galactic announced 2022 July 14 plans to assemble a fleet of suborbital spaceplanes in a new factory in a suburb of Phoenix. The company said it has started work on the factory in Mesa, Arizona, where it will perform final assembly of new Delta-class spaceplanes. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by late 2023. The first of those spaceplanes will start flying private astronauts in 2026, the company projects.

In its release of its second quarter earnings 2022 Aug. 4, the company said it is now expecting to start commercial flights of its single SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity, in the second quarter of 2023.

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