Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Branson opens his commercial gateway to space

The world's first commercial spaceport was opened by Sir Richard Branson yesterday in a patch of desert in New Mexico. Branson was joined at the launch by Governor Susan Martinez and astronaut Buzz Aldrin along with scores of other future passengers of the project.

Commenting on the new terminal and runway Branson said:

'The building is absolutely magnificent. It is literally out of this world, and that's what we were aiming at creating.We're ticking the final boxes on the way to space,"

The Virgin Galactic boss hopes that enough test flights can be done and that the commercial suborbital flights from the spaceport by the beginning of 2013. More than 450 people have purchased advanced tickets for the project with 150 of those people at the launch.

The crowd were also treated to a flyover by WhiteKnightTwo, the mothership of the project that will take passengers on suborbital flights.Tickets for the flight cost $200,00 and the flight duration will be for two hours with five minutes of that time when passengers can experience weightlessnes and spectacular views of the earth.

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