BlueOrigin and VirginGalactic have been promising for overa decade to provide flights to suborbitalspace for paying customers. This could finallybe the year one or both companies fulfillthese promises.
Virgin Galactic has now transferred mostof their operations to SpaceportAmerica in New Mexico. (There are twonew SS2 vehicles under construction in Mojave.)That is where they will fly "spaceflightparticipants" to greater than 80 kilometersin altitude aboard SpaceShipTwo rocketplanes.
The company carried out the first drop glide test of a SpaceShipTwo from the New Mexico facility on May 1, 2020. No word yet on when the first suborbital spaceflight from Spaceport America will happen. A SpaceshipTwo vehicle has not flown to space since the flight of VSS Unity on Feb.22.2019:
They will soon begin test flights in NewMexico, low atltitude at first and thento space.
Blue Origin flew New Shepard to over 100kilometers on Dec.11.2019:
The company says it needs to carry outa few more test flights before a New Shepardwill carry people on board. Initially thesewill be company employees.
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