With plans to launch space flights that will put travelers back about $250,000 per ticket, Virgin Galactic is setting itself up to take normal, albeit wealthy, people into space, the final frontier. In fact, even pop star Lady Gaga has secured a ride, that will include a special performance by her in honor of the event. The spaceport in New Mexico, dubbed Spaceport America, has been officially dedicated.
Now, Virgin Galactic has received approval from the FAA to launch its flights from there. The agreement with the FAA lays out rules that Virgin Galactic will need to follow to work with the National Airspace System. It also outlines safety procedures for commercial space launches from Spaceport America.
Virgin Galactic has already secured a 20-year lease on the spaceport, which has a Launch Site Operator License. So basically, all that’s left is SpaceshipTwo’s launch itself. The company also has agreements in place with the state of California for test flights.