U.S. Government clears Virgin Galactic for takeoff

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spaceshipVirgin Galactic is cleared to fly, now the countdown is on for the SpaceShipTwo.

That’s the name of Virgin Galactic’s Space vehicle.

The company says it now has clearance from the U.S. Government to begin space flights.

Company owner Richard Branson says his family will be on Virgin’s first space flight.

Virgin Galactic already has more than 70-million-dollars in deposits from almost 600 people who want to take a ride into space.

Flights are expected to start at the end of the year.