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After reaching the edge of space, SpaceShipTwo will bring its passengers back to Earth. Virgin Galactic says it will schedule approximately one flight per week during the beginning period.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipOne was the first privately built craft to reach outer space, and hangs in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. It's in elite company--right between Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the first plane to cross the Atlantic Ocean and Chuck Yeagar's Bell X1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier.
On September 25, 2004, Sir Richard Branson announced a deal to create Virgin Galactic, a company to license the technology of SpaceShipOne to take passengers into sub-orbital flights. Among the backers are Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and space engineer Burt Rutan