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.
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