Richatd Branson Space Ship Costs $200,000 To Go 60-Miles-Above-Earth

SPACE SHIP TWO gets closer to Richard Branson's goal; test pilot cracks sound barrier over California's Mojave Desert.

The latest and largest milestone in Virgin Galactic's testing of technology it plans to use carrying scores of paying passengers (money in advance!!) into space several times a day.

Branson braved some tough talk--promising a rapid expansion of the spaceship's powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by year's end.