TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—Richard Branson is scheduled to journey to the sting of area Sunday in a flight aimed toward spurring a brand new, multibillion-dollar space-tourism business.
The flight, initially scheduled for 9 a.m. ET, was delayed 90 minutes on Sunday due to climate in a single day on the launch facility in New Mexico. The launch is now scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.
At the moment, a highflying Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. airplane is predicted to take off from the Spaceport America facility close to Fact or Penalties. The aircraft, known as the VMS Eve, will carry the spacecraft VSS Unity, which is able to embody Mr. Branson and 5 others.
The aircraft will take the spacecraft about 8.5 miles above Earth earlier than releasing Unity about an hour after takeoff. The spacecraft will then rocket to an altitude of greater than 50 miles.
The spacecraft is predicted to land again in New Mexico, gliding down for a runway touchdown.