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Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval, Hopes to Start Space Tourism by End of 2014


Virgin Galactic has signed a deal with the FAA that will formally allow them to charter space flights from their New Mexico base. It also specifies rules for how those flights will integrated into United States airspace (the place where non-space planes usually fly.) The deal is a major step for commercial space travel and puts Virgin Galactic on track to start offering flights by the end of 2014. The Wire spoke with Virgin Galactic spokesperson Jessica Ballard, via email, to learn a bit more about space tourism. Ballard told us that the first trip out of Spaceport America in New Mexico will be reserved for Sir Richard Branson and his family.

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