I’m not sure how this works exactly, but the US Federal Aviation Administration gave its official okey-dokey to the world’s (galaxy’s?) first commercial spaceport on Thursday.

After some tests, they granted Spaceport America a license for vertical and horizontal space launches. The terminal and hangar facility for horizontal launches is planned for completion by late 2010. This is all according to the New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA). What’dya mean who?

NMSA hopes to sign an agreement by the end of the year with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

When I saw this story I thought they meant a port IN space. Seemed to make sense to me.