British entrepreneur Richard Branson has chosen New Mexico for the launch pad of his planned space tourism flights, state officials said Thursday.
Details of the agreement are scheduled to be unveiled in New Mexico on December 14 when Branson will fly in for a news conference, Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said.
“We are very excited to announce our partnership with Virgin Galactic next week. It has been a dream in New Mexico for 15 years to build a spaceport and Richard Branson has a dream to take people into space and together we will make that happen,” he said.
Actually, we’ve had a number of spaceports in New Mexico for years. They’ve only been for landings, though. This one will include taking-off.