Virgin Galactic Building Assembly Plant at Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport

August 16, 2022

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, the American spaceflight company founded by British billionaire businessman Richard Branson, is building a rocketship assembly plant near Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (Arizona).

Fox 10 reports that construction of the plant that will build Virgin Galactic's Mothership spacecraft is already underway. Three hangars are slated to be completed by the end of 2023, and by 2025 Virgin Mothership spacecraft will be taking off in New Mexico.

"They’ll have the Mothership in the hangar behind that will take the spaceship to New Mexico, where the launch site is," said Gateway Executive Airpark Manager of Development, Steve McKendry.

"The weather in Arizona is great for flying," said McKendry. "The runways here are 10,000 feet long, which is what it takes to get one of these aircraft off the ground."

Phoenix Mesa Gateway is Attracting New Business

The new facility is set to produce six new ships a year. Virgin Galactic joins several other new tenants that have moved nearby, most notably, Gulfstream.

The new facility will provide approximately 400 high-paying aerospace engineering and production positions to the East Valley region.

Virgin Galactic has a goal of flying 400 times each year from Spaceport America in New Mexico by 2025, according to officials.

SkyGoFly is based about 45  minutes from Phoenix Mesa. The airport will be growing in the coming years with exploding population in the East Valley and more carriers operating flights from AZA. Allegiant is currently their largest tenant/airline.

[Image Credit: Ron Rosano - Creative Commons - Used with Permission]

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