This received’t essentially result in a big delay, nevertheless it’s nonetheless an disagreeable setback for Virgin. This take a look at would have been the final earlier than a brand new take a look at part the place the corporate would have specialists sit within the cabin to assist enhance the expertise for passengers — among the final steps earlier than industrial service begins. If there’s something greater than a small delay, Virgin can’t begin taking paying prospects for some time longer.
The take a look at was additionally speculated to be the primary crewed spaceflight ever to launch from New Mexico, and the primary from Spaceport America. Prefer it or not, the historical past making should wait at the very least a short time longer.
Early replace on flight: The ignition sequence for the rocket motor didn’t full. Automobile and crew are in nice form. We have now a number of motors prepared at Spaceport America. We are going to examine the automobile and be again to flight quickly.
— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) December 12, 2020