Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism company Virgin Galactic says it will launch its first commercial flight before the end of this month.
The firm is targeting a launch window for the flight, which is called Galactic 01, from 27 June to 30 June.
After the announcement to investors, Virgin Galactic shares jumped more than 40% in extended New York trading.
In May, Virgin Orbit – a separate space firm owned by the UK billionaire – shut down, months after a mission failed.
Virgin Galactic said the first flight will be a scientific research mission, carrying three crew members from the Italian Air Force and the National Research Council of Italy to conduct microgravity research.