Virgin Galactic receives FAA approval

June 4, 2014 |

 

Space flights will soon become a reality now that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave the green light to Virgin Galactic. Commercial flights are expected to begin by the end of 2014.

More than 600 people have already paid $250,000 to ride on SpaceShipTwo, the Daily Mail reported. Flights will take off from the Spaceport America base in New Mexico.

The agreement between Virgin Galactic and the FAA details how the flights will be coordinated with the normal air traffic control system.

“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,” Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said in a press release

According to Engadget, the FAA will integrate future space flights into the National Airspace System and clear the skies when the SpaceShipTwo launches from Spaceport America.

In addition to Virgin founder Richard Branson’s desire to fly people to space, the Daily Mail also reported that he hopes to develop a plane that can transport passengers between New York and Tokyo in less than an hour on supersonic jets that fly at 19,000 miles per hour. Travel to space may be a new source of adventure travel for those who want a view you can’t quite find on Earth.