Virgin Galactic closer than ever to NM launch

Virgin Galactic is one giant step closer to launching space flights from New Mexico.

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Virgin Galactic is projecting $210 million in revenue during 2021 — set to be its first full year providing commercial flights. The company reportedly employed around 190 in New Mexico as of last month, including contractors, with about 600 at its manufacturing headquarters in Mojave, California. Its executive offices are in Las Cruces.

This year has been an important one for Branson’s startup. In February, Virgin successfully launched a test flight with a passenger on board for the first time. Three months later, he and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Virgin was bringing over 100 employees from California to New Mexico. The public then got a glimpse into its Gateway to Space building at Spaceport America in August.

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