I saw this announcement last night on the Space.com website – Virgin Galactic stands down from Saturday test flight for more technical checks.: https://www.space.com/virgin-galactic-spaceshiptwo-unity-third-spaceflight-delay. Worth a read if you are into things space-related. There are photos in the link. Much longer article, but here’s some basic information.
by Mike Wall February 11, 2021
The company has not announced a new launch date.
We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Virgin Galactic’s third spaceflight.
The company had been targeting tomorrow (Feb. 13) for the next crewed test flight of its latest suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity. But that’s not going to happen.
“Flight test update: We have been progressing through our pre-flight preparations and, during that process, we have decided to allow more time for technical checks. We are working to identify the next flight opportunity,” Virgin Galactic representatives announced via Twitter today (Feb. 12).
There are additional launch opportunities for the test flight — which will carry two pilots, no passengers and some research payloads manifested via the NASA Flight Opportunities program — throughout February, the company said in a Feb. 1 update.