FILE PHOTO: Sir Richard Branson stands on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the start of trading in Virgin Galactic in New York, Oct. 28, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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Virgin Galactic announced Monday that it’s postponing a pivotal crewed spaceflight that it planned to launch in mid-November due to new COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico.

The company originally planned its first human test flight from Spaceport America to take place between November 19 and 23.

But Virgin Galactic said in a statement Monday it’s rescheduling the test flight, given that the base of the company’s commercial operations is located at Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced COVID-19 restrictions Friday.

“With the health and safety of our team members in mind, and in accordance with the recent direction from the New Mexico Department of Health, we will be minimizing our New Mexico operations to the greatest degree possible,” Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said in the statement. “While these new restrictions cause us to adjust our flight schedule, we take this pause in stride and will be prepared to resume our pre-flight procedures and announce a new test flight window as soon as we can.”

He added: “Our team members at Virgin Galactic, our Future Astronauts, and our fans around the world remain incredibly excited for our upcoming spaceflight.”

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Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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