Virgin Galactic has announced that their commercial space tourism service is being delayed once again to the second quarter of 2023. The reason for the delay was “delay within the mother ship improvement program”.
The VMS Eve mother ship is a key part of the launch system and carries the VSS Unity spacecraft to 15,000 meters before launching it to the edge of space. The improvement program was launched on July 7 with the aim of improving reliability, predictability, durability and frequency of flights, reports Engadget.
In addition to this delay, Virgin Galactic announced that Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences will design and manufacture the next-generation motherships, which are expected to enter service in 2025. In addition, the company is also working on a new spacecraft, VSS Imagine, which is scheduled to make its debut test flight in the first quarter of 2023.