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Virgin Galactic gears up for its first space flight end of the year

Virgin Galactic gears up for its first space flight end of the year

Image: Spaceport America/Virgin Galactic

Space-tourism Virgin Galactic, which has been more theory than practice, is now showing off its newly redesigned spaceport in New Mexico. It includes a café and “mission control,” which looks like a conference room.

The company has been testing carrier craft and rocket planes for a few years and relocated to New Mexico to support engineers, spacefaring vehicles, and supply-chain staff, per CEO George Whitesides.

“Together we will open space to change the world for good,” says Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson.

TechCrunch predicts a first flight from Virgin Galactic before the end of the year.

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