Spaceport America set to launch second commercial space flight

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Another historic space flight is set to take off from New Mexico in a few days.

Spaceport America will be the site of another space tourism launch Tuesday.

This will be the second commercial spaceflight in southern New Mexico for Virgin Galactic and its founder Richard Branson. This is the first with “private customers.”

There will be three of them: an Olympian, and the first mother-daughter duo to go up to space. An astronaut will join them to take them on a 90-minute flight Thursday.

Virgin Galactic’s first space tourism flight successfully went up six weeks ago from Spaceport America. Three members of the Italian Air Force were on that one. 

The company wants to launch paying customers to go up once a month from New Mexico.

KOB 4 will be in southern New Mexico this week covering the launch preparation and the big day.

The launch is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, August 10.