Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America operations base will be just as busy carrying research payloads to sub-orbit as it will space tourists, say developers at the newly dedicated desert facility in New Mexico. Although initiated as the gateway for sub-orbital passenger flights for Virgin Galactic’s spaceline, the growing interest in non-human payloads looks set to be a pivotal part of the operation’s bottom line. Stephen Attenborough, Virgin Galactic commercial director, began his ...

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