FAA Reviewing Virgin Galactic’s License Application

SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.
SpaceShipTwo in its first powered flight over Mojave.

The FAA has accepted Virgin Galactic’s application for a commercial flight license and is now reviewing it as the company gears up for the second powered flight of SpaceShipTwo.

The acceptance of the application is only the first step in the licensing process for the company, said CEO George Whitesides on Monday.

“That does not mean we are licensed. We entered the formal start of the licensing process. Then, obviously, our hope is that it will be accepted and we can begin operations,” Whitesides said.

The FAA will now review the company’s application, which will likely take several months and reams of paperwork, before granting the license. The company received word last week that the FAA had accepted its application.

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