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Virgin Galactic Completes Inaugural Commercial Spaceflight

June 29, 2023

Second successful spaceflight in two months

‘Galactic 01’ spaceflight carried 13 research payloads and three crew members from the Italian Air Force and the National Research Council of Italy

‘Galactic 02,’ a commercial spaceflight for private astronauts, is scheduled for August with monthly flights to space planned thereafter

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or the “Company”) today announced the completion of its inaugural commercial spaceflight, ‘Galactic 01,’ which carried 13 research payloads and three crew members from the Italian Air Force and National Research Council of Italy to conduct scientific experiments in a microgravity environment.

The Company will now proceed with post-flight inspections and analysis in preparation for its next commercial mission, ‘Galactic 02,’ which will bring Virgin Galactic’s unique experience to private astronauts. The mission is planned for August, with monthly flights to space beginning thereafter.

Please visit the Virgin Galactic website for the full press release and further information.

Press materials clear for your use can be accessed via the Virgin Galactic Press FTP, including:

  • New ‘Galactic 01’ B-Roll and Photos
  • ‘Galactic 01’ Payload Fact Sheet
  • Virgin Galactic Research Summary
  • Press FTP for Full Catalog of Hi-Res Imagery from All Flights

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

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Eric Cerny - Vice President, Investor Relations

Source: Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc.