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Virgin Galactic Completes First Private Astronaut Spaceflight ‘Galactic 02’

Third Successful Spaceflight in Just Over Three Months

Historic Mission Flew First Olympian, First Female Astronauts from Caribbean and Most Women Flown in a Single Mission to Space

‘Galactic 03,’ the Company’s Third Commercial Spaceflight, Planned for September

Tune Back in For the Press Conference at 12PM Mountain Time

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 following1:

  • 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

‘Galactic 02’ in-flight facts are as follows:

  • Take-off Time 8:30am MDT
  • Altitude at Release 44,300 feet
  • Apogee 55 miles
  • Top Speed Mach 3
  • Landing Time 9:30am MDT

MICHAEL COLGLAZIER, CEO of Virgin Galactic said: “Today Virgin Galactic took another historic leap forward by flying our first private astronaut mission and demonstrating how our spaceflights will broaden access to space. Jon, Keisha and Ana each embody our fundamental belief that space is for everyone, and we are proud that today’s flight has inspired people and communities around the world. This is just the beginning, as we plan to continue flying monthly spaceflights while also developing our Delta Class production spaceships to scale our business.”

CJ STURCKOW, VSS Unity Commander said: “It is a surreal and humbling experience to have flown Unity today. The wonder and excitement of spaceflight never loses its magic. I had the honor of being joined in the cockpit by Kelly Latimer, one of the first female commercial spaceship pilots. I’m proud of the work we’re doing here at Virgin Galactic to fly more people to space.”

KELLY LATIMER, VSS Unity Pilot said: “In my entire career, from the Air Force Academy to being a test pilot for NASA, nothing tops what I have just experienced at the controls of VSS Unity. Going to space today fulfilled an ambition I’ve had since I was a child. It is a privilege to be part of a majority-women crew making history as the most female astronauts flying to space in a single mission.”

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.

Press materials clear for you use can be accessed via the newly launched Virgin Galactic Newsroom including:

  • New ‘Galactic 02’ b-roll and photos uploaded throughout the day
  • ‘Galactic 02’ crew bios and profile shot
  • Pilot bios
  • Full catalog of hi-res imagery and b-roll from all flights

[1] According to our research as of the day of the flight

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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