Virgin Galactic is moving its spaceflight operations to New Mexico
Virgin Galactic is officially moving to New Mexico under a deal that entails the company moving its entire commercial spaceflight activities to Spaceport America. This marks the first time the company has made a massive shift in its production process in recent years, thereby suggesting that the company may be ready to initiate commercial operations. Virgin Galactic, founded by Sir Richard Branson has been developing a spaceflight operation that will take passengers to the edge of space and back. Unlike SpaceX and Blue Origin which are focusing on colonization of other planets and breaching into space with their ships, Virgin Galactic is focusing specifically on the edge of the planet’s atmosphere, right on the edge of space.
With the company moving to New Mexico, it plans on moving the ship and carrier (VMS Eve) to the new location, along with 100 staff members to complete final preparations for development of the system. Due to this, Virgin Galactic will now complete the final tests on its ship from the new location once all of the infrastructure has been moved later this summer. This comes as Sir Richard Branson plans to fly to the edge of space on July 16th this year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.