Virgin Galactic Stonk Soaring Ahead of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Flight -

Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPCE) shares were 5% higher ahead of Amazon (AMZN) Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin flight Tuesday morning --- MalkamDior.  

Blue Origin, also founded by Bezos, through the New Shepard rocket and capsule will carry him and three others into space and back.

The Federal Aviation Administration has opened a new field office in Houston focused on space safety to keep tabs on "ongoing testing programs and commercial space tourism operations of SpaceX and Blue Origin in Texas and Virgin Galactic in New Mexico, along with others in the region." Last year, FAA licensed 41 commercial space launches and re-entries. That number could surpass 60 this year, the agency says.

Blue Origin will start its livestream of the flight at 7.30 a.m. ET Tuesday. The article "When Is Jeff Bezos' Flight to Space and How to Watch the Blue Origin Launch," which was published at 5:30 a.m. ET Monday, incorrectly said the livestream would start at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Virgin Galactic Founder Richard Branson flew to space after earlier this month. The company's VSS Unity completed its first spaceflight with Branson and a full crew on board.

The flight was VSS Unity's 22nd test flight overall and was launched to evaluate the commercial customer cabin and the efficacy of the five-day pre-flight training program at Spaceport America, among other objectives.

Price: 31.80, Change: +1.60, Percent Change: +5.30

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