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Thursday, December 6, 2007

First Civilian Spaceport


The first private sector spaceport, Spaceport America, is now in the planning phase. Virgin Galactic, the same company that launched Spaceship One, is going to be the main proprietor of this new spaceport. Construction is slated to begin in New Mexico in 2008, and finish in late 2009 or early 2010, with a budget of about $31 million. The structure itself is of an organic, futuristic design, and will house two White Knight 2 and five Spaceship 2 aircraft, the descendants of Spaceship One. The facility will also house pre- and post-flight training sessions. According to the Spaceport America website,

"Currently, Rocket Racing League, Starchaser Industries, UP Aerospace, and the X Prize Cup are committed to making Spaceport America their headquarters."
Several unmanned launches have already been made from a test pad on the premises.



View of Spaceport America design from above.
Spaceport America design concepts by URS/Foster + Partners.


Interior design of Spaceport America.
Spaceport America design concepts by URS/Foster + Partners.

Original Press Release >>

Spaceport America Home Page>>

Clear skies!

Photos courtesy of: URS/Foster + Partners

6 comments:

Book Calendar said...

Wow, that is very cool. I am a big fan of the X Prize and Burt Rhutan's Spaceship One. I think Virgin Galactic is tied in with Burt Rhutan. I think the pictures are very cool and the link to the site is very nice.

Sean Welton said...

Yes, I too am a big fan of the X Prize! I can't believe we're in an age now where civilians are being encouraged to go to the moon!

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