One Step Closer to Private Space Travel

[space]http://www.space.com/news/mojave_spaceport_040524.html
[slashdot]http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/24/1941220&mode=nested&tid=134

From "Space.com:":space

p(quote).. A desert airdrome in Mojave, California is on the final glide path to getting government approval for becoming an inland gateway to space.

The Federal Aviation Administration's Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) is expected next month to certify that the Mojave Airport Civilian Flight Test Center as a non-federal spaceport to handle horizontal launches of reusable spacecraft.

As such, Mojave Airport can offer a range of launch and landing services making it a hub for high-flying craft intended to help spark public space travel. The Mojave Airport is located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles, in southeastern Kern County, along the western edge of the Mojave Desert.

The site is already home port for several enterprising suborbital space projects.

p. "Slashdot":slashdot refers to this as "the first-ever private spaceport", which I don't think is quite accurate--is the Mojave Airport privately owned? That said, it is certainly a step in the right direction.

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I think it's more akin to a

I think it's more akin to a semi-private hospital room.