Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Virgin, FAA sign agreement for Spaceport flights

Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America have signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that clears the path for space flights from New Mexico.


advertising

LAS CRUCES, N.M. —

Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America have signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that clears the path for space flights from New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic says Thursday the agreement sets the parameters for how the space missions will be integrated into the National Airspace System.

The agreement spells out how the FAA's Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority will work with Virgin Galactic to smoothly and safely provide clear airspace for SpaceShipTwo.

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides says the agreement brings the company a step closer to its goal of launching space tourism flights, although it remains unclear when the flights will begin.

The company has said it hopes to launch its first flight with Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson by year's end.



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Want free career advice? And an iPad Mini?

Want free career advice? And an iPad Mini?

Tell us about your goals and challenges and be considered for a future NWjobs career-makeover story, as well as a chance to win an iPad Mini!

Advertising

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►