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Virgin Galactic delays space tourism liftoff 

Added 02-26-21 01:04:02pm EST - “The space tourism venture, founded by Richard Branson, told investors in an earnings call that its third and second test flight will be pushed until at least May.” - Foxbusiness.com

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Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. announced Thursday that it has postponed test flights for its rocket-powered spaceflight program for two months in order to address technical issues, further delaying its promise of commercial flights.

The space tourism venture, founded by Richard Branson, told investors in an earnings call that its second and third test flights will be pushed until at least May after the company effectively addresses the technical issues stemming from its Dec. 12 flight.

The last attempt in December was cut short when computer trouble prevented the spaceship’s rocket from firing properly. Instead of soaring toward space, the ship and its two pilots were forced to make an immediate landing by gliding back down to the runway at the desert outpost in southern New Mexico.

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