/Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Trip Delayed Slightly by Weather – The Wall Street Journal

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Trip Delayed Slightly by Weather – The Wall Street Journal


TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—Richard Branson is scheduled to travel to the edge of space Sunday in a flight aimed at spurring a new, multibillion-dollar space-tourism industry.

The flight, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. ET, was delayed 90 minutes on Sunday because of weather overnight at the launch facility in New Mexico. The launch is now scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.

At that time, a high-flying Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. airplane is expected to take off from the Spaceport America facility near Truth or Consequences. The plane, called the VMS Eve, will carry the spacecraft VSS Unity, which will include Mr. Branson and five others.

The plane will take the spacecraft about 8.5 miles above Earth before releasing Unity about an hour after takeoff. The spacecraft will then rocket to an altitude of more than 50 miles.

The spacecraft is expected to land back in New Mexico shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET, gliding down for a runway landing.

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