Virgin Galactic gets FAA approval for commercial launches and the access to Airspace for spaceflights from New Mexico.
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The agreement between Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America, and the Federal Aviation Administration is the first to cover a commercial spaceline.
Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, and Spaceport America announced today that they have signed a joint agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that helps clear the path for commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo.
Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, said:
“Our team is working hard to begin routine and affordable space launches from Spaceport America and this agreement brings us another step closer to that goal. We are grateful to the FAA and New Mexico for their partnership to achieve this milestone.”
The agreement provides procedures for the safe integration of commercial, licensed space launch operations into the National Airspace System from Spaceport America. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority also has an agreement in place with the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range to support space launch activities within WSMR airspace.
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