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Thu, Dec 21, 2023

Virgin Galactic Sets 1st 2024 Flight

Four Private Astronauts From Three Different Countries Will Journey To 'Space'

Virgin Galactic has announced that the ‘Galactic 06’ flight window will open January 26, 2024. 

This will be the Company’s 11th spaceflight to date and will follow a year of human 'spaceflight' achievements that included six suborbital 'spaceflights' in six months (E-I-C Note: We denote the word 'spaceflights' in quotes due to the fact that these flights do not exceed the altitude established as the Karman line which has been heretofore been used, and defined by the FAI, to mark the boundary of space). Four private astronauts from three different countries will journey to 'space' on Virgin Galactic’s sixth commercial spaceflight.  

The private astronauts onboard the ‘Galactic 06’ mission will include: 

  • Astronaut 023 – Private Astronaut from Ukraine and Las Vegas, United States 
  • Astronaut 024 – Private Astronaut from Texas, United States 
  • Astronaut 025 – Private Astronaut from Austria 
  • Astronaut 026 – Private Astronaut from California, United States

The Virgin Galactic crew will include: 

  • VSS Unity Commander CJ Sturckow and pilot Nicola Pecile 
  • VMS Eve Commander Michael Masucci and pilot Dan Alix

Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said: “Our inaugural year of commercial service demonstrated our spaceflight system’s ability to regularly deliver a safe and unparalleled customer experience for our astronauts and established new turn time records for reuseable human spaceflight systems. We’re excited to begin 2024 by bringing four new Virgin Galactic astronauts to space with our ‘Galactic 06’ mission.” 

FMI: www.virgingalactic.com

 


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