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Virgin Galactic Carries Tourists to Edge of Space

Virgin Galactic completed its fourth commercial flight since June

Profitability remains low, until the Delta spaceplane launch in 2026

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Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. sent its third crew of paying tourists to the edge of space on Friday, as billionaire Richard Branson’s cosmic adventure firm extended its commercial flights for a third straight month.

The flight marks the latest milestone in Virgin Galactic’s quest to establish a “spaceline for Earth” and surpass rival Blue Origin, which has launched six commercial passenger missions with its New Shepard rocket. However, the New Shepard rocket remains sidelined by a 2022 mishap.

Despite its launch momentum, regular space flights for tourists remains years away. Virgin Galactic doesn’t anticipate turning a profit with flights until the debut of its larger Delta Class spaceships in 2026. Shares in Virgin Galactic were up about 2% to $1.66 at 12:47 p.m. in New York on Friday. Year to date, the stock has dropped 52%.

Source:Bloomberg/Virgin Galactic
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