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Originally posted by AceOfAces
This will cost billions...Who is paying for it?
WHO PAYS FOR ALL THIS?
The $198 million Spaceport America being built in Sierra County is expected to be completed in 2010.
The company states that Virgin Galactic has "committed the resources required to ensure proper funding."
Virgin Galactic will receive a funding of $100 million from the State of New Mexico, so the State decided in 2006. In addition, the State will design and construct all necessary facilities.
And on top of that the people in Doña Ana County voted on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, on the subject of whether or not they are willing to pitch in by means of paying higher taxes. See final spaceport tax election results here.
However, in order to charge an additional tax two counties have to approve it. On Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Sierra County did exactly that. Doña Ana County followed suit on July 22, 2008. These fine people are now helping the spaceport out with a 0.25% sales tax. In other words, the spaceport gets 25 cents for each $100 purchased.
November 5, 2008 - Otero County voted against the Spaceport America tax. 52.3 percent voted against, 47.7 percent voted for the tax. This means the spaceport project will have some $2 to $6 million less to spend.
Now... there is another space trip vendor who will offer trips for $100,000 per pop. Rocket Racing, Inc. and Armadillo Aerospace of Mesquite, Texas, are behind this competitive proposal. They say they will be ready in 2010. They too will take off from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Two passengers at a time will launch into suborbital space about 62 miles (100 km) above earth and experience a few minutes of weightlessness before beginning their descent under the plan. The kicker? They will be enjoying a 360 degree view thanks to a bubble-like design. Check it out:
Spaceport America is expected to have the potential to create up to 5,000 new jobs and up to $1 billion in new revenue in the State.
The company UP Aerospace has already launched the remains of Astronaut L Gordon Cooper, Actor James Doohan (Scotty on Star Trek)
Who would've thought a smelly British dude with a stupid looking beard who started his business by selling 12" vinyl records would be the first large scale entrepreneur for commercial space flights and the biggest commodity behind the worlds first commercial space port.
Well done Richard Branson... respect!
Originally posted by ItsallCrazy
I'm not sure how you know he's smelly..
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
This just put a smile on my face. Finally, the first step towards privatization of space, further non military space exploration...it's one step. And it's an important one!
Originally posted by Overload
Somebody said until we get somebody up there that is privatized, (no guarantees even then) would be our best shot at any "real" photo's. I agree.
Originally posted by Bunken DrumHaven't we got enough CO2 going into the atmosphere from unnecessary air travel & pointlessly inefficient motor vehicles?
Originally posted by MysterE
Following the signing, the Authority, at their next meeting, is expected to sub-lease space on Spaceport Oklahoma to Space Adventures, Pioneer Rocketplanes and Space Development. These three companies have different missions but are working together to bring manufacturing, tourism and more to the Western Oklahoma location. Other companies are requesting contracts as well.