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Virgin Galactic's First Space Tourism Flight Delayed (Again) to Q2 2023

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Virgin Galactic has postponed its commercial space tourism program for another three months, citing holdups during the refurbishment of its 14-year-old carrier aircraft.

Supply chain and labor constraints delayed the company's first planned flight from the end of 2022 to the beginning of 2023, reported(Opens in a new window) in May.

Now it's getting pushed back another quarter to the spring, as Virgin continues work on VMS Eve(Opens in a new window), which carries Virgin's spacecraft to its release altitude of approximately 50,000 feet. "While our short-term plans now call for commercial service to launch in the second quarter of 2023," Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement(Opens in a new window), "progress on our future fleet continues and many of the key elements of our roadmap are now in place to scale the business in a meaningful way." It's not all stormy skies, though.

Virgin Galactic last month announced three major partnerships, each of which moves the spaceflight company another step toward suborbital tourism.

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