Virgin Galactic has failed yet again. The company said Thursday that it has postponed the start of commercial space tourism until the fourth quarter of 2022. The company had previously hoped to start offering paid space travel in the third quarter of next year.
With this delay in mind, the company will begin repairs to both the carrier aircraft and the spacecraft this month. Virgin Galactic says the entire process will take eight to ten months. Due to this, the next flight of Unity 23 will take place no earlier than mid-2022.
The delay is unrelated to a recent FAA investigation into Unity 22, the flight that took Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson into space. Following the completion of the investigation, the federal agency allowed the company to continue flying.