Brian Doherty on America's First Private Spaceport

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The Mojave Spaceport is the private general aviation airfield where SpaceShipOne, the first private vehicle to zip twice between space and back, first took off in 2004. That's the same year that Mojave became certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as the nation's first private "spaceport," certified to send vehicles and people out of this world. Seven years later, reports Senior Editor Brian Doherty, more than a handful of commercial space companies operate out of this sprawling complex of runways, hangars, and airplane bits, and it's no longer the only private spaceport in America.

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