Window opens for Virgin Galactic’s final round of testing

Virgin Galactic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window opens later this week for the final round of testing of Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft as the company inches toward commercial flights.

Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updated New Mexico lawmakers on the progress during a meeting Monday.

The space tourism company already has done nine flights from Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, including two glide flights by the spaceship.

Moses says the upcoming test will mark the third space flight for Virgin Galactic and the first from New Mexico. Two pilots will crew the flight and cargo including several research projects will be carried in the cabin.

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