Spaceport America Coming Soon, Commercial Flights By 2011.

Spaceport America Coming Soon, Commercial Flights By 2011. [In Lights]

Spaceport America, the world’s first (purpose-built) commercial spaceport broke ground recently in New Mexico and thanks to design winners Foster and Partners, we have some concept images representing just what the giant 110,000 square foot facility may look like. The project is expected to cost $200m and if all goes according to plan, is expected to host the first commercial space flight by 2011.

With a massive 4000 square foot public viewing gallery and a runway 10,000 feet long and 200 feet wide, Spaceport America will be home to the Virgin Galactic commercial space flight service. Through improved operating efficiency for the company and competitors, the spaceport may eventually help reduce the (currently $200,000) ticket price enough for us all to enjoy a bit of space tourism.

To be mostly buried in New Mexico’s desert sand, the building itself is designed with the environment in mind – featuring everything from cooling earth tubes, to solar energy and wastewater recycling. It is expected to be completed in 18 months.

Spaceport America Coming Soon, Commercial Flights By 2011. [Observation Windows]

Spaceport America Coming Soon, Commercial Flights By 2011. [Inside View]

Spaceport America Coming Soon, Commercial Flights By 2011. [Walkway]

Sources:
Spaceport America (Press Release) and Foster and Partners
Via: Gizmag

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