Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic plans are probably some of the most exciting that are planned to be introduced in the coming years, and those years are now one more step shorter after the company announced that they have received clearance from the US authorities for US flight.
This clearance comes with a signed agreement with the FAA in the US between Virgin Galactic and the Federal Aviation Administration, clearing the path for flights of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
“Our team is working hard to begin routine and affordable space launches from Spaceport America and this agreement brings us another step closer to that goal,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. “We are grateful to the FAA and New Mexico for their partnership to achieve this milestone.”
“The agreement provides procedures for the safe integration of commercial, licensed space launch operations into the National Airspace System from Spaceport America. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority also has an agreement in place with the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range to support space launch activities within WSMR airspace.”
This is however only one step towards Virgin Galactic’s completion, and there are still a number of tests that Virgin Galactic will have to pass, including a number of environment checks and safety audits.
In the meantime you can find out more about the deal below.