Space

Second Suborbital Spaceship Delayed by Virgin Galactic

By Aazam

Virgin Galactic's second suborbital spaceplane does not launch in 2023 due to staff demands to return the first spaceplane to flight and start construction on a new generation of vehicles.

Virgin Galactic, said the business was "prioritizing our resources" to return VSS Unity to operation in the second quarter of 2023.

In March 2021, the corporation revealed intentions to develop VSS Imagine as the first of two "Spaceship III" vehicles, together with VSS Inspire.

The business has also been putting greater efforts towards designing Delta-class spaceplanes and next-generation carrier aircraft.

Virgin Galactic's long-term goal is to develop a fleet of Delta-class vehicles, but Imagine is crucial for short-term revenue.

On Nov. 3, the company announced a partnership with Axiom Space to fly a 2023 microgravity research and training mission to prepare an Axiom astronaut for an orbital mission.

After Unity starts operating commercial flights next year, Colglazer predicted that the firm would resume ticket sales.

In the third quarter, Virgin Galactic lost $146 million on $767,000. As of the third quarter, the corporation has $1.1 billion in cash and equivalents.