Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) has confirmed that its next rocket-powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of 50,000 feet. “Following a detailed inspection and thorough analysis of our mothership, Eve, we have cleared our Spaceflight System for our upcoming flight. I want to thank our incredibly talented team of engineers, maintenance crew, quality inspectors and support staff for their diligence and hard work, which is testament to our commitment to safety and the integrity of our flight test program,” said Michael Colglazier, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Galactic.
The company monitors its vehicles to verify its condition and timing of future upgrades and modifications that may improve performance or reduce future maintenance work. The upcoming VSS Unity test flight will have two pilots and will carry research payloads, part of the NASA Flight Opportunities program. One of the key objectives of the upcoming flight is to test the remedial work that has been completed on VSS Unity to lower the EMI levels that was experienced on the December 12th, 2020 flight as the onboard computer halted ignition of the rocket motor. All original test objectives will be incorporated. Follow the flight and normal procedures, the team will complete a data review which will direct the next steps in the test flight program.