Virgin Galactic Gets Spaceship License from U.S Authorities

Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company within the Virgin Group, made a big leap in the race of getting tourists to space.

U.S. authorities have granted the space tourism company owned by billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson a license by to resume testing of its rocket plane after its fatal crash in 2014.

The operator license for SpaceShipTwo granted by the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation will allow Virgin Galactic to start the basic groundwork for regular trips to space.

The company in a press release announced that it has been awarded an operating license by the FAA for its SpaceShipTwo on Monday.

The license has a deep rooted meaning for Virgin as it implies that whenever the spacecraft is ready at the company's end, it has permission from the government to make its flight.

However, that does not mean that the spacecraft can carry passengers. Before doing that, it has to conduct test flights in order to prove that its spacecraft are safe. The recently awarded permission, allows the company to make just those test flights. However, the company has not given any hints about any planned dates.

The company release said that the result was an outcome of a process which continued for many years and was an "in-depth review of the vehicle's system design, safety analysis, and flight trajectory analysis."