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Virgin Galactic to conduct first powered spaceship tests in 3 years

From Engadget - July 5, 2017

It's an ambitious schedule given that Virgin only returned to the sky last September.However, it will be necessary if the company expects to fulfill its current vision.Branson reiterates that he hopes to start commercial passenger service by the end of 2018, and he will embark on his own flight by the middle of that year.The big question is whether or not Virgin will make that schedule in the first place.It's clear that the outfit has learned some lessons in recent years, but there's not much leeway in that timetable -- it would not take much to delay the first paid flight by months.

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