SpaceShipTwo in flight on Dec. 19, 2012. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

VG Update: We Hope to Make Flights into Space by End of 2013

Posted by Doug Messier on February 4, 2013, at 5:33 am

The National out of the UAE has the latest schedule prediction from Virgin Galactic, which features the usual if, then we hope qualifiers and promises of great benefits once the blessed day arrives when commercial operations actually begin:

“Depending on the progress of the last portion of the experimental test flight programme and the federal aviation authority licensing process we hope to be undertaking full space test flights by the end of 2013 and in commercial operations within a relatively short period thereafter,” says Sean Wilson, a Virgin Galactic spokeswoman.

According to Virgin Galactic, which is in negotiations with “appropriate Abu Dhabi entities” regarding the construction of a spaceport, the emirate stands to make huge gains from the location of the company’s second spaceport in Abu Dhabi.

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