The launch of Virgin Galactic has been postponed, forcing Richard Branson to reschedule the historic journey.
VIRGIN GALACTIC’s first fully crewed voyage into space, which Sir Richard Branson will participate in, has been postponed.
The projected voyage into space by Sir Richard Branson and his crew of three flight specialists has had to be rescheduled. Unity 22 was set to launch from New Mexico’s Spaceport America just after 2 p.m. BST (9am EDT). However, inclement weather in the launch area over the weekend caused the company to reschedule and delay the flight.
The good news is that the launch will take place today (July 11), albeit an hour later than planned.
The Virgin Galactic launch has been pushed out until after 3.30 p.m. BST (10.30am EDT).
Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 is the company’s 22nd overall trip and fourth foray into space.
“Join us July 11th for our first fully crewed rocket-powered test flight, and the dawn of a new space age,” the firm tweeted this weekend.
Sir Richard and his crew will travel to a height of more than 50 miles onboard the VSS Unity spacecraft.
The crew will experience nearly four minutes of weightlessness while in space.
Sir Richard’s function on the journey will be to assess the space tourism company’s “private astronaut experience.”
Prior to the expedition, the Virgin founder stated that he aspires to make space travel accessible to the general people.
Virgin Galactic, he feels, is on the verge of making that fantasy a reality.
Virgin Galactic isn’t the only firm working to make space travel more accessible.
Sir Richard’s main rival, Jeff Bezos, is also planning a launch into space later this month.
With his company Blue Origin and the New Shepard rocket, the former Amazon CEO will take off on a suborbital trip.
Blue Origin recently launched a blistering marketing campaign criticizing Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight credentials.
Sir Richard said he believes space belongs to “all of us” when announcing his involvement in today’s voyage.
As a result, he has spent more than a decade bringing his vision of accessible space tourism to fruition.
“I honestly feel that spaceflight belongs to all of us,” he stated.
“Virgin Galactic sits at the forefront of a new commercial space sector, which is intended to expand humankind and alter the world for the better, after more than 16 years of research, engineering, and testing.”
However, for the time being, flying to the edge of space will suffice. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”