Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo won’t have to taxi down public runways for much longer.

Today, founder Richard Branson and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson cut the ribbon at a nearly two-mile long runway for the world’s first commercial spaceport. While the rest of the facilities at New Mexico’s Spaceport America are still under construction and Branson estimates sub-orbital launches are still nine to eighteen months away, the 42-inch-thick strip of pavement is definitely complete — see the WhiteKnightTwo mothership come in for a landing right after the break.

via engadget