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“Virgin Galactic announced Friday that it has become the first company to get permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to bring customers to space.
The FAA’s decision came around a month after Virgin Galactic’s successful test flight of the VSS Unity, a model in the company’s SpaceShipTwo class of spaceplanes. Two pilots on the VSS Unity climbed to an altitude of 55.5 miles before landing on Earth on May 22, completing the company’s third crewed suborbital spaceflight.
Thus far, Virgin Galactic has only had approval to fly employees on its spaceplanes. The new clearance will allow billionaire and Virgin founder Richard Branson to head into space aboard a SpaceShipTwo. It’s not likely that Branson will make it to space before fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos, whose ascent is planned for July 20, as Virgin Galactic stated it still needs to test its spaceplanes with full crews.”
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