Virgin Galactic Holdings, plans to conduct a new flight operation after it announced the date of its new flight window for a rocket-powered test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
The flight window will open on Feb. 13 with opportunities to fly throughout February, pending good weather conditions and technical readiness. The test flight will be crewed by two pilots and will carry research payloads as part of the NASA Flight Opportunities program.
Pre-flight preparations are already underway at Spaceport America, New Mexico, including rigorous steps to prepare the vehicles, pilots, teams and facilities, with safety procedures as a top priority. In addition, the Virgin Galactic Pilot Corps has completed two flights with its mothership, VMS Eve, for routine pilot proficiency training.