Virgin Galactic is planning the primary absolutely crewed area flight of its VSS Unity spaceplane at present, Sunday, June 11. The authentic plan had been for the launch to start at 9 a.m. ET (6 a.m. PT). However, this time has now been delayed by 90 minutes to 10:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT).
Virgin Galactic says the delay is because of dangerous climate. “Due to weather overnight at Spaceport America, launch preparations are delayed by 90 minutes,” the corporate wrote in a press release.
Spaceport America, the place the flight will start and finish, is situated in Sierra County, New Mexico. Although there was rain there final night time and early within the morning, the forecast for the remainder of the day is heat and sunny so the flight ought to be capable to go forward as deliberate.
Virgin Galactic confirmed off some stunning photographs of preparations for the primary absolutely crewed flight in a video posted to its Twitter account:
It’s an attractive day to go to area. @RichardBranson and the #Unity22 crew have arrived at @Spaceport_NM in New Mexico. Get prepared to observe our check flight LIVE at 7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET | 3:30 pm BST on https://t.co/5UalYT7Hjb. pic.twitter.com/DdPJONJldI
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) July 11, 2021
The plan is for the spaceplane VSS Unity to launch from Spaceport America, carrying a six-person crew together with the founding father of the corporate Richard Branson. The crew might be taken to the sting of area the place they are going to expertise a number of minutes of weightlessness earlier than the aircraft glides again right down to Earth and lands on the Spaceport America runway.
This is the primary check of the deliberate area tourism service from Virgin Galactic, with seats on future flights of the service going for $250,000.
To watch the crewed flight reside, you possibly can tune in to Virgin Galactic’s livestream utilizing the video embedded on the prime of this web page, or you possibly can head to our how to watch page for all the small print.