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Virgin Galactic shares pop as firm plans to redo spaceflight take a look at as early as Feb. 13

SpaceShipTwo “Unity” on the runway after an aborted spaceflight take a look at on Dec. 12, 2020.

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Virgin Galactic is getting ready for its subsequent spaceflight try, with the corporate saying on Monday that it’ll redo its aborted December flight take a look at as early as Feb. 13.

The house tourism firm stated that one of many spaceflight exams key targets “can be to check the remedial work that has been accomplished since … the onboard pc halted ignition of the rocket motor.”

“The staff has since carried out the basis trigger evaluation, accomplished the corrective work required, and carried out intensive floor testing. The following stage can be to evaluate and confirm this work throughout a rocket-powered flight,” Virgin Galactic stated in a press launch.

Shares of Virgin Galactic rose as a lot as 9% in premarket buying and selling from its earlier shut.

Virgin Galactic may also be aiming for every of the unique targets of the December flight try, “together with evaluating parts of the shopper cabin, testing the dwell stream functionality from the spaceship to the bottom, and assessing the upgraded horizontal stabilizers and flight controls through the increase part of the flight,” the corporate stated.

After the flight take a look at, Virgin Galactic stated it can “full an in depth knowledge assessment” to “inform the subsequent steps within the take a look at flight program.” Previous to the aborted December flight, Virgin Galactic had anticipated to conduct three remaining spaceflight exams earlier than it started industrial flights. The second and third spaceflight exams had been beforehand deliberate for the primary quarter of 2021.

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