Virgin Galactic Shares Fall 18% After Deserted House Take a look at It Will Repeat
SpaceShipTwo "Unity" on the runway after an abandoned space test on December 12, 2020.
Virgin Galactic's stock fell in premarket trading Monday after the space tourism company canceled its final space flight test mid-launch on Saturday because of an engine ignition problem.
"The flight did not reach space as planned. After being released from its mothership, the spacecraft's on-board computer monitoring the rocket motor lost connection. As planned, this triggered a fail-safe scenario that deliberately stopped the rocket motor from igniting." Incident, our pilots flew back to Spaceport America and landed gracefully as usual, "said Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, in a statement.
The company expects to repeat the space flight attempt from its operational base at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Colglazier said Virgin Galactic is evaluating the data from the test and not saying when it is expected to be ready to go again. The company said it has several rocket engines "ready" on site and will "check the vehicle and get back on flight" soon. "
Virgin Galactic's shares fell more than 18% in premarket trading from a previous closing price of $ 32.04.
Saturday's flight was the first of three remaining space tests the company plans to conduct to complete development of its spacecraft system. The third will wear founder Sir Richard Branson. The impact of the canceled test on Virgin Galactic's flight schedule remains to be determined. The Branson flight was previously scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
Additionally, Virgin Galactic's Saturday space flight attempt was the company's first in nearly 22 months. The previous space flight attempt was made in February 2019 from Mojave Air and Space Port in California. In the meantime, the company has moved from its manufacturing and development facilities in Mojave to Spaceport America.
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