The U.S. officially got its newest spaceport yesterday

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Aching to head into space? Then you just got yourself one more launch pad. After working at it for four years, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority finally managed to get commercial spaceport licensing approved for Cecil Field, and it plans to let commercial space operators— including Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic—use its 12,500-foot-long, 200-foot-wide runway to ferry tourists outside Earth's atmosphere.

According to msnbc, that makes Cecil Field the eighth licensed commercial spaceport in the United States and the first in Florida cleared to fly space vehicles that take off and land horizontally, like airplanes.

Virgin Galactic last month unveiled the first of six planned suborbital spaceships that initially will fly out of a commercial spaceport in California at a ticket price of $200,000 per seat, and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority hopes this will let them snag some of that business.

When will you book your ticket?

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