OVER MOJAVE DESERT, Calif. (CNN) - With the end of the NASA shuttle program, most agree the future of space exploration will be in the private sector.
Billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is pushing to be at the vanguard of that shift.
Thursday the company launched a successful test flight of what it hopes will help usher in a new era of commercial space travel.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo -- seen in the video being released from a carrier plane -- rocketed across the skies over California.
The company says the ship broke the sound barrier and climbed from 42,000 to 69,000 feet over the Mojave Desert.
SpaceShipTwo is planned to be a commercial spacecraft, designed to carry up to six passengers on what will at first be suborbital flights.
The first commercial flights should take off in 2014. More than 500 people have already signed up.
The two-hour flights are going for $200,000 a seat.
Two Oshkosh North players had to be taken off the field in ambulances after colliding in the Division 2 championship game Friday, but their injuries apparently are not as serious as first thought.
Despite all its dominance this season Shiocton entered Thursday's Division 6 state title football game with a healthy respect for Darlington.
Gov. Scott Walker still won't say whether he will sign a bill making it harder to force public schools to drop American Indian nicknames.