saw this, this morning.. all i can say is Sir Richard Branson... WOW.....
THERE’S a little town in New Mexico, USA, called Truth or Consequences.
The name is apt for what is about to take place in the isolated desert basin.
Known locally as “T or C” and with a population of just 6411, the area has been selected by Virgin’s founder Richard Branson as the place where
he will launch his first spaceship into the atmosphere. Here lies Spaceport America.
The technology playground is located deep in the dust, 48km east of town and is planet Earth’s first purpose-built commercial space tourism outpost.
Spaceport America opened officially in 2011 but it made its name before then. It was known as the place where the ashes of James Doohan, who played
Scotty in the original Star Trek, were shot into space.
Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into the project, with Virgin Galactic expected to launch its first rocket with six human
travellers on-board this year.
“The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself,
articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists,” a statement from Virgin said.
The spaceport is home to Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. It also hosts SpaceX’s Falcon 9R and UP Aerospace.
The spaceway stretches over 3600 metres in length, while the total area of the port is 18,000 acres. For the 700 “astronauts” signed up to
Branson’s grand space scheme, this will be the last sight they see before being propelled 100km into the atmosphere.
The brave passengers have coughed up $250,000 for a two-hour flight and to experience just moments of weightlessness.
The project has been in the works for 10 years and cost $212 million.
“As always, safety will ultimately call the shots, but right now, I’m planning to go to space in 2014!” Branson wrote in an e-mail.