In an official blog post, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announced the delay of its first commercial space flight. It is being postponed from the third to the fourth quarter of 2022. The company explains such a decision by the need to improve its spacecraft.

The company was first about to carry another test flight, which was supposed to be the third of four planned test flights in 2021, and then begin to improve its VSS Unity and VMS Eve spacecraft.

However, one of its recent lab tests revealed a problem with the strength margins of certain materials used to modify specific joints. That is why the company decided to take enough time to look into the problem and improve the aircraft before the next test flight.

A Virgin Galactic spokesman clarified that this program will end in the summer of 2022. Accordingly, the dates of the following test and commercial flights are being postponed.

On July 11, Virgin Galactic successfully completed its first tourist space flight in just over an hour, with Richard Branson on board.