It was a milestone in spaceflight. Virgin Galactic has already started booking flights aboard a Rutan-built craft for $200,000 a trip. The company hopes to begin launching in 2009.
Today, the private space industry makes up about 10 percent of the business at the airport, Witt said.
People "have a sense of pride" over the airport's role as a birthplace of private spaceflight, Deaver said.
Photo Credit: ANNIE WELLS/LOS ANGELES TIMES
Incident occurs during testing at Rutan's start-up Scaled Composites LLC
MEMPHIS -- In the latest space race -- to lift paying customers out of Earth's atmosphere -- aviation safety regulators occupy a new niche: They are promoting an industry expected to suffer deadly...
The promise of blasting thrill-seeking tourists into space is fueling an unprecedented rush to build snazzy commercial spaceports.
To gain a spaceport license, a facility must pass an environmental review and prove that its location won't harm surrounding communities or the public.