The flights by Virgin Galactic will take off from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Spaceport America is the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport; that is, it was built exclusively for space travel.
The aircraft carrier WhiteKnightTwo will lift the suborbital spacecraft SpaceShipTwo into the air on an approximate 2.5-hour trip.
Both ships were built by Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites (own owned by Northrop Grumman). Six passengers and two pilots will consist of the human payload for SpaceShipTwo.
The venture has been developed by The Spaceship Company, a joint partnership of Scaled Composites and the Virgin Group.
In all, five SpaceShipTwo spaceplanes and WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft are expected to be built to handle the private passenger-carrying services for these suborbital flights.
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