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Commercial Space Flight Gets Closer To Reality

Sir Richard Branson's dream of commercial space flight is one step closer to being realized Monday, BBC News is reporting.

SpaceShipTwo made its first test flight over the Mojave Dessert in California Monday.

Branson hopes to ferry paying passengers into outer space with the spaceship made by his company, Virgin Galactic.

The test is the first time the ship's hybrid motor was ignited after being dropped from the aircraft, which lifted the rocket ship to its launching altitude.

The spaceship was able to break the sound barrier traveling at Mach 1.2 in 16 seconds.

More than 500 rich and famous have already signed on to be some of the first to be passengers of SpaceShipTwo. Noted physicist Stephen Hawking is on the list.

Ticket prices are $200,000 per person for the round trip flight from Earth and back.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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