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Virgin Galactic Launches Tourism Spaceship From Mojave DesertMOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. Founder Richard Branson greeted the pilots after the test, declaring “Space is Virgin territory!” The mated jet, WhiteKnightTwo, and rocket ship, SpaceShipTwo, lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday. The jet climbed to an altitude near 43,000 feet, and… (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...
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Thank you, it looks like CBS changed the URL for some reason and didn't bother redirecting to the new location.
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mr branson has invested in and been both successful and not in many "schemes",adventures and ideas..i wish him well in this one as he has been working on it and investing in it for a lot of years now..the cost of wanting to be a "passenger" when this idea is totally approved will be beyond the financial limits of almost everyone however..
Just curious, how many runways could handle the landing? It needs the launch jet to move to a refueling airport?
It's not so much runway length - SS2 came to a stop about halfway down 12,500'-long runway 30 at Mojave - it's more about protected airspace, like they have in Mojave (next to Edwards AFB) and as they have for commercial ops at Spaceport America in New Mexico (next to White Sands Missile Range).