This past week, Virgin Galactic announced it would begin manufacturing spaceships in Arizona, “hiring hundreds,” although employment timelines were not available. The new Delta Class facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2023.
Swami Iyer, Virgin Galactic’s president of aerospace systems, said, “this will allow us to accelerate progress from conceptual design to production to final assembly at scale as we capitalize on the many advantages Mesa and the greater Phoenix area offer.”
As the crow flies, the new manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona, is more than 200 miles from the launch facility in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. You might think manufacturing spaceplanes closer to the launch facility would be advantageous to the company. But as former governor of the New
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