Spaceport America, world’s first commercial spaceport, 90 percent completed

By on Sep 10, 2011 in Astronomy, United States, World Comments


Spaceport America (Artist’s concept)
Image Credit: Spaceport America Conceptual Images URS/Foster + Partners

Spaceport America, which is being dubbed as the world’s first commercial spaceport is now close to its completion and will occupy 1,800 acres of desert land.

As reported at Space.com on September 02, 2011, Spaceport America, once completed, will be used as the terminal home of Virgin Galactic and its WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceshipTwo system.

Spaceport America, which was noted to be almost 45 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will have its Phase 1 to serve as the dome-looking Space Operations Center.

“The spaceport Phase 1 construction work is now 90 percent done and the first phase is on schedule to be done by the end of 2011,” Spaceport America Media Relations Head David Wilson was quoted as saying, adding that it will also be the spaceport’s large runway.

Meanwhile, the construction plan for Phase II has started which will the southern road from interstate I-25 to spaceport will be included. It will be the Vertical Launch Complex facility and an area for visitors.

Mr. Wilson noted that the target completion date of Phase II is 2013 after which the spaceport to be become fully operational.



Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo lands at Spaceport America
Video Credit: SpaceportAmerica.com



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