ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or the “Company,”) today announced the completion of its first private astronaut flight, ‘Galactic 02.’ The mission achieved multiple historic milestones, showcasing how Virgin Galactic spaceflights are broadening access to space for a diverse, global community of astronauts.
Flying private astronauts Jon Goodwin from the United Kingdom, and Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers from Antigua and Barbuda, ‘Galactic 02’ achieved the following:
First female astronauts from the Caribbean
First mother-daughter duo to go to space
Most women flown in a single space mission
Youngest person to go to space
First Olympian to go to space
First majority female spaceflight
The sixth and seventh Black women to go to space
Second person with Parkinson’s to go to space
Third oldest person to go to space
- 8:34 amMDTTake-off Time
- 44,867FeetAltitude at Release
- 2.95MachTop Speed
- 09:36 amMDTLanding Time
The company will now proceed with post-flight inspections and analysis in preparation for the next commercial space mission, ‘Galactic 03,’ which is planned for September in a continuation of Virgin Galactic’s monthly flight cadence.
Virgin Galactic will host a live post-flight press conference at approximately 12pm MDT. This can be viewed on Virgin Galactic’s YouTube channel.
About Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic is an aerospace and space travel company, pioneering human spaceflight for private individuals and researchers with its advanced air and space vehicles. It has developed a spaceflight system designed to connect the world to the love, wonder and awe created by space travel and to offer customers a transformative experience. You can find more information at https://www.virgingalactic.com/.
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