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New Mexico spaceport almost complete


Posted on Monday, 24 September, 2012 | Comment icon 8 comments


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As the world's first commercial spaceport nears completion the project's future is called in to question.

The $200 billion project is to be the first of many planned spaceports around the United States, with plans for entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to launch tourism trips in to space from the site within the next few years. Questions have however arisen over the commercial viability of the spaceport, with lagging development and competition from other states creating potential problems for the endeavor before it has even begun.

"Right now, the industry is not there to support it," said space company adviser professor Alex Ignatiev. XCOR Aerospace Chief Operating Officer Andrew Nelson however is more optimistic - "In the next couple to three years, there's going to be a demonstrative reduction in the cost to launch stuff ... so we are going to have a lot more people coming out of the woodwork," he said.

"Currently, the Spaceport can count on two rocket companies that send vertical payloads into space and Virgin Galactic, the Branson space tourism venture that says it has signed up more than 500 wealthy adventurers for $US200,000 ($192,000)-per-person spaceflights."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by regeneratia on 24 September, 2012, 13:25
Robert. A; Heinlein said that the most economical manner to get into space was to either use the slingshot method or to create an elevator to a platform outside the atmosphere. http://www.kcspacepirates.com/
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 September, 2012, 16:15
Robert. A; Heinlein said that the most economical manner to get into space was to either use the slingshot method or to create an elevator to a platform outside the atmosphere. http://www.kcspacepirates.com/ Both those ideas are a lot older than Robert A. Heinlein. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky suggested something similar to the space elevator in 1895. However the Spaceport is being developed for short, suborbital flights and at the moment the rocket is still the most effect means of achieving this.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Idano on 24 September, 2012, 21:52
I don't care who's first, I just want to go
Comment icon #4 Posted by TheMacGuffin on 26 September, 2012, 3:56
Are they sure that it will cost $200 billion? If so, only the government would be able to come up with that kind of money.
Comment icon #5 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 26 September, 2012, 7:48
Are they sure that it will cost $200 billion? If so, only the government would be able to come up with that kind of money. Richard Branson would, he is minted innit
Comment icon #6 Posted by notoverrated on 26 September, 2012, 12:30
Are they sure that it will cost $200 billion? If so, only the government would be able to come up with that kind of money. i thought it said 200k
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 September, 2012, 15:56
i thought it said 200k That is the cost of a flight, TheMacGuffin was referring to this in the original artical: And the eclectic hot springs town of Truth or Consequences has been anxiously awaiting all the economic development the $200 billion project is supposed to bring to this largely rural part of southern New Mexico. However I suspect that figure is the result of a typo, Spaceport America's own website says this: The $209 million project has attracted worldwide attention because of its bold premise, stunning architecture and the fact that it is home to the world’s first commercial passe... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by DONTEATUS on 27 September, 2012, 1:31
Anyway you look at it ! Sir Branson Is still the First to put in his two cents. billion ! I meant !


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