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Virgin Galactic reveals look at plans for world's first commercial spaceport

Posted: 1:32 PM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 17:00:21-04
Virgin Galactic's Spaceflight System prepares for Flight at Spaceport America
Virgin Galactic's Spaceflight System prepares for Flight at Spaceport America
NEW: Viewing area of runway at Gateway to Space, Spaceport America, New Mexico
NEW: Gaia lounge at Gateway to Space, Spaceport America, New Mexico
NEW: Gaia Lounge Dinning Area
VMS Eve Prepares for Flight at Spaceport America
NEW: VMS Eve at Spaceport America

(KGTV) — Virgin Galactic Thursday revealed a look at plans for the world's first-ever commercial spaceport in New Mexico.

The look at the "Gateway to Space" building at Spaceport America included the center's mission control, pilots' working area, briefing center, and shared lounge center for customers and staff.

The first floor of Gateway to Space serves as the social hub, dining, and lounge area of the center between guests and staff. The second story will house Mission Control, the briefing room, and operations teams.

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The center's hanger already houses VMS Eve, the massive aircraft that will shepherd passengers to the stars.

Virgin's space flight program plans to "offer customers a unique, multi-day experience culminating in a spaceflight that includes several minutes of weightlessness and views of Earth from space."

Commercial flights plan to begin in 2020. About 600 people have reportedly reserved their seat for a 90-minute flight to space at $250,000 a ticket, according to Reuters.