Thursday, November 3, 2011

Space Florida Courts Virgin Galactic

The VSS Enterprise docked on the Mothership Eve. Original image source: Reuters.

Florida Today reports that Space Florida will fly a scientific payload on a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight, hoping to lure the company to the Space Coast.

In addition to the educational motives of buying tickets on a Virgin flight, Space Florida envisions establishing a local base of customers for suborbital research that will eventually lead that company and others to fly from Florida.

“We’re trying to develop the demand and the customer interest in this program, and eventually things like Virgin Galactic will now start launching science here regularly,” Haug said.

Virgin Galactic recently dedicated its New Mexico spaceport and hired its first astronaut pilot.

Virgin Galactic won't fly its first commercial passengers for at least two years.

Click the arrow to watch a video of the Spaceport America dedication.

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