Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This from MSNBC.... I am so happy!

Fla. airport gets OK for spaceport license

Cecil Field becomes country's 8th approved venue for space tourists

By Irene Klotz

updated 8:10 p.m. ET, Mon., Jan. 11, 2010

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The sky's no longer the limit for Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Fla. The airport was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists, researchers and others beyond Earth's atmosphere.
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which worked to get its commercial spaceport licensing for four years, plans to offer Cecil Field's 12,500-foot long, 200-foot wide-runway — one of the biggest in Florida — to a range of commercial space operators including Virgin Galactic.
The company, owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, last month unveiled the first of six planned suborbital spaceships which initially will fly out of a commercial spaceport in California. Virgin Galactic, which is selling tickets for $200,000 per seat, is building a base in New Mexico.

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