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December 7, 2009
Sir Richard Branson speaks to AFP during an interview before the official unveiling of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, the world's first commercial manned spacecraft, at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California on December 7, 2009. Previewing the roll-out of the Virgin Galactic craft, the British billionaire said he planned to be on its first passenger flight in about 18 months time with his family and the space ship's American designer Burt Rutan. Tourists will to pay 200,000 USD a ticket to travel in the in the white port-holed craft suspended under the wings of a mothership dubbed the White Knight.