Then it will be ready to fly its first paying customers.
Hundreds of people are busy driving a short high-speed ride aboard a virgin galactic spacecraft and have agreed to pay $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 per seat.
Branson plans to be the first non-crew to board the aircraft.
"Hopefully, within many months, I will fulfill my dream of going to space and others will soon follow," Branson said.
Spaceport America was built ten years ago by New Mexico officials, mainly using local taxpayer dollars ̵
But now, Virgin Galactic says it is ready to fulfill its promise to make New Mexico a space tourism and air travel destination and a great blessing to the local economy.
"We're not just talking about humans we send into the room, we are talking about [bringing out] family and friends, "Branson told CNN Business. "There will be airplane training inside the space gate, and there will be places to eat for their families, hot air ballooning, fishing and mountain biking, etc. It's something we need to organize."
Bezos has also spent years working on their tourism plans, and the company is expected to compete directly with Virgin Galactic in that industry. Bezos confirmed Thursday that Blue Origin expects to start their first person in the room by the end of the year.
Branson did not say whether he expects Virgin Galactic to be fully operational before Blue Origin. But he told CNN Business it doesn't matter to him.
"It's huge what Jeff [Bezos] and his team do," he said. "And the excitement for the world now is that you have Jeff, you have Elon [Musk of SpaceX] and ourselves with different approaches to take people into the room and colonize places like the moon in the future."