Virgin Galactic SPCE shall be launched on February 13th with the subsequent house flight
SpaceShipTwo “Unity” on the runway after an abandoned space test on December 12, 2020.
Virgin Galactic is preparing for the next space flight attempt. The company announced on Monday that it will repeat its canceled flight test in December on February 13th.
The space tourism company said one of the main goals of the space tests is to “test the remedial actions that have been completed since … the on-board computer stopped the rocket motor from igniting.”
“The team has since performed root cause analysis, completed the necessary corrective work and conducted extensive ground tests. The next phase will be to evaluate and verify this work during a missile flight,” Virgin Galactic said in a press release.
Virgin Galactic’s shares rose as much as 17% in trading, breaking above $ 50 per share from its previous closing price of $ 44.29. According to FactSet, the stock is well on its way to land above its highest ever closing price of $ 46.25 per share on Jan. 27.
The gain came despite a downgrade by Morgan Stanley on Monday to the same weight of overweight. In a statement to customers, analyst Adam Jonas said the share price had almost doubled in the last month.
Virgin Galactic will also pursue each of the original goals of the December flight test, “including evaluating elements of the customer’s cabin, testing spacecraft-to-ground live-stream ability, and evaluating improved horizontal stabilizers and flight controls during the boost phase of the In flight, “said the company.
Following the flight test, Virgin Galactic said it would “conduct a comprehensive data review” to provide “information on the next steps in the flight test program.” Prior to the canceled December flight, Virgin Galactic had expected to conduct three remaining space flight tests before launching commercial flights. The second and third space flight tests were previously planned for the first quarter of 2021.
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