Space tourism: new test flight planned for Virgin Galactic

Washington (AFP) – Space tourism company Virgin Galactic said Monday it planned a new test flight for its SpaceShipTwo craft this month after an aborted test in early December. “The flight window will open on February 13 with opportunities to fly throughout February, pending good weather conditions and technical readiness,” Richard Branson’s company said. “Pre-flight preparations are already underway at Spaceport America, New Mexico.” It added the flight would test remedial work completed since the December test when the onboard computer halted ignition of the rocket motor. SpaceShipTwo had be…

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