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Work begins on New Mexico spaceport

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2009 · Comment icon 11 comments



Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
Work has started at the construction site in New Mexico of the world's first ever commercial spaceport. "Spaceport America" is expected to be completed within 18 months and be home to Virgin Galactic's new space tourism services.
Ground has been broken on the construction site of Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Those behind the project say that it will help provide a new chapter in space exploration. When finished in 18 months' time, the facility will house Virgin Galactic's space tourism business and other firms working in the commercial space arena. "


Source: BBC News | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by DONTEATUS 13 years ago
Its a wonderful thing for lots of people I cant wit till they are in Full opperation. I`ll be there!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Ashiene 13 years ago
the spaceport looks like a massive UFO
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cookes453 13 years ago
This spaceport thing is awesome, and is just the beginning! I can't wait to see what the next 50 years holds for humanity; hopefully moon and mars colonies with thousands of people.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MirrorImage 13 years ago
This spaceport thing is awesome, and is just the beginning! I can't wait to see what the next 50 years holds for humanity; hopefully moon and mars colonies with thousands of people. Yeah we're already killing this planet, lets go kill another lmao Actually if I had the money Id be first in line for a space vacation.
Comment icon #6 Posted by kobolds 13 years ago
it won' work in long run unless they can find solution for cheaper cost. at first you will see alot people wanting to take the ride . most people with that kind of money will want take the ride at least once in life time . but not for second time if it cost so much .
Comment icon #7 Posted by magickaldan 13 years ago
The More people they can take up in one trip the less it will cost per flight. So hopefully they have a large cargo area.
Comment icon #8 Posted by SusanConstant 13 years ago
Looks like Truth or Consequences will have to install a second stoplight.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ROGER 13 years ago
The More people they can take up in one trip the less it will cost per flight. So hopefully they have a large cargo area. They wont have a lot of extra room because they need three fat people to sit in back on the way up, then they move to the nose of the ship to come back. This saves on fuel.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Q-La 13 years ago
Nice, Branson is certainly one brave entrepreneur of our century. I hope nobody puke inside their helmet when up there..
Comment icon #11 Posted by Shuriken 13 years ago
it won' work in long run unless they can find solution for cheaper cost. they will of course lower the costs when all of those, capable of paying the large sum, will have had their ride...


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