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New Mexico Expects First Operational SpaceShipTwo Flights in February 2014

26 Sep 2012, 16:30 UTC
New Mexico Expects First Operational SpaceShipTwo Flights in February 2014
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By Douglas Messier Parabolic Arc Managing Editor Officials at Spaceport America estimate that Virgin Galactic will make its first operational SpaceShipTwo flights from the New Mexico facility in February 2014. That estimate is included in a PowerPoint presentation given by New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson on Monday to the NMSA board. Sir [...]

SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo circle over the Mojave Air and Space Port during a successful glide flight on July 18, 2012. (Credit: Bill Deaver)
By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor
Officials at Spaceport America estimate that Virgin Galactic will make its first operational SpaceShipTwo flights from the New Mexico facility in February 2014.
That estimate is included in a PowerPoint presentation given by New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson on Monday to the NMSA board.

Sir Richard Branson and his family will be on the first operational flight of the eight-person suborbital space plane. Virgin Galactic expects to fly thousands of space tourists from the custom-built facility in the New Mexico desert.
Those first operational flights are expected to bring in $1.3 million in revenues to NMSA, according to budget assumptions. Facilities lease and ground rent payments from Virgin Galactic will bring ...

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