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Virgin Galactic reschedules test flight due to New Mexico lockdown

Nov 16 (Reuters) - Virgin Galactic has rescheduled a test flight planned from its New Mexico spaceport later this week after the U.S. state imposed fresh COVID-19 restrictions, billionaire Richard Branson’s space tourism firm said on Monday.

The company is aiming to obtain a commercial operating license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after conducting a certain number of test flights.

Virgin Galactic’s latest space test flight was planned for between Nov. 19-23, and will now be rescheduled for another time.

New Mexico has enacted a stay-at-home order through Nov. 30 amid surging coronavirus cases.

Virgin Galactic has said it has 600 customers who have signed up to fly a suborbital flight for $250,000 a ticket, and more than 400 more who have expressed interest. (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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