Sunday, August 21, 2011

Spaceport America Closer to Opening Day

An artist's concept of Spaceport America. Image source:

The El Paso Times reports that New Mexico's Spaceport America is closer to completion.

The first phase of construction of Spaceport America, New Mexico's $209 million commercial spaceflight launch complex, is 90 percent complete.

Virgin Galactic, the spaceport's anchor tenant, plans to dedicate the terminal-hangar sometime in October ...

Various space aviation experts have suggested that Virgin Galactic may launch its first space tourist flights sometime in 2013. The company, developing what is being called the world's first passenger-carrying space vehicle fleet, has sold almost 500 tickets at $200,000 each for inaugural flights - that's a total of $100 million.

Up Aerospace, a Colorado company, and Lockheed Martin, an advanced technology company, also plan to launch suborbital flights from New Mexico's Spaceport America.

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