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Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval For Commercial Launches


Virgin Galactic is in the clear, so to speak. The commercial spaceflight company has signed an agreement with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that lays out how the company will work with federal officials and New Mexico's air traffic control to clear airspace for its launches. The company hopes to send its first customers to suborbital space by the end of this year, reports.

The flights will take off from Spaceport America in the desert in southern New Mexico. Customers will go aboard a craft called SpaceShipTwo, which we've watched undergo construction and meet milestones such as its first independent flight. Virgin Galactic already has agreements with U.S. agencies for test flights, but this is the first official agreement for its commercial launches.

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Comment by Ed Price
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They probably don't entirely realize just how much they are stealing money from the the American people when they accept NASA funds, or NASA property for use. This is a good example of how people get tied into their goals before they realize just how much they are harming other people.

There is nothing wrong with a space program, but would Virgin have been able to pull it off without NASA funds? I mean, if they had started in some other country, or simply based themselves on-board a ship in international waters, would they have been able to get the funding and machinery and technology that they needed to pull off what they are doing? Might they have been sanctioned by the United States for removing technology from the country illegally?

Too late now. Even if they recognized how they are trapped by an unloving Government, and decided to shut down at this sage of the game, they probably wouldn't be allowed by Government. They are stuck with what they have started. The only way that they might be able to legally shut their operations down is to literally appear to have failed.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Oh well thank god they finally have a permit.

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