APNewsBreak: $7M spaceport runway extension OK'd

Richard Branson, founder of the Branson Group, talks during an interview, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in his company's New York office. Branson is promoting his book, "Screw Business as Usual." On the wall is a photograph of White Knight II, an aircraft built by Virgin Galactic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

March 30, 2012 6:47:13 AM PDT
The nearly two-mile-long runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico will have to be extended to accommodate Virgin Galactic's sleek rocket-powered spacecraft, spaceport officials confirmed Thursday.