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World's First Spaceport in New Mexico Desert

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posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 06:55 PM
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In the deserts of the western United States, space tourism is becoming a reality as construction progresses on Spaceport America -- the world’s first purpose-built commercial space travel facility, 45 miles north of Las Cruces, N.M.



A flyover of New Mexico's Spaceport America with runway construction underway.

Read more: www.foxnews.com...

Today, concrete and rebar litter the ground here as crews build walls and windows, roads and runways. They've been toiling for a year and a half and will continue until 2013, when a glowing, round disk standing testimony to the future will be unveiled in the desert -- at least according to artists' imaginations of the facility. Right now it looks like any old construction site, with men in hard hats and prosaic dump trucks carting rubble in and out. In 2013, things will be different.

When the facility is finished, a mere $200,000 will let you take a voyage at least partway to the stars: Virgin Galactic will be the first carrier to transport space-curious passengers from Spaceport America on its sub-orbital missions.

The facility is more than 100,000 square feet and includes the terminal hangar and a public viewing gallery for inquisitive visitors not wishing to launch -- it looks out on a desert plain that will someday be filled with spacecraft, some shaped like traditional rockets, others space shuttle-like planes, wingless round disks or whatever spaceship designers of the future come up with.


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Additonal pic/slideshow: www.foxnews.com...=1


Wow, pretty neat stuff. It seems to me that many great things are on the near horizon. More and more reports about Private Space Travel and other privately owned projects.

I can only hope that I am alive and can experience something like space travel. If not me, my kids. What an interesting time to be alive when that thing gets up and running.

Maybe it is best that private companies get involved in Space Exploration. Now, lets see it they will be permitted to travel to the Moon before any gov't does. Something tells me they won't be allowed or able to.

I am sure the Gov't is very much involved.

Oh, in case you missed it... you can win a free flight into Space. Check it out here. Some of us already entered.

Space Competition Offers Out-of-this-World Prize: (one free trip into Space!!!)
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Note. Funny how they picked New Mexico. Must be the best place to do such a thing-right? Maybe that is what the UFO/Aliens think too......

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posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:06 PM
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Is it the first spaceport? What about the one in Florida? or the cosmodrome?



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:09 PM
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Note. Funny how they picked New Mexico. Must be the best place to do such a thing-right? Maybe that is what the UFO/Aliens think too......

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think about it. what force on this planet could they be running from? i think water.

and just because this is the first spaceport we remember doesnt mean anything if this rock has been here for millions of years
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posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:28 PM
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I'm sorry but I haven't a clue what you are talking about or trying to say.

Could you please explain.

Thank you.



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:31 PM
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Correct!

Jacksonville has been boasting the World's First Spaceport for many years. There is marketing all over the Airport. It is already FAA certified!!

Kazakhstan constructed one especially for space travel and industry back in 2005 as well.

Jacksonville's Cecil Field Becomes Nation’s 8th Commercial Spaceport


Jacksonville was the 8th!!!

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posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:32 PM
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I think this is cool but all I can think of is Arnold Schwartzeneger in Total Recall.... I'd like a trip to Maaars!



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:35 PM
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Next thing you know people will build condos around it then complain about the aircraft noise. Sorry bit of a sore spot for me one of my favorite Aeordromes is being strangled by restrictions. Great op for some B&B's here. Even just for the looky loos



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 07:56 PM
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...i wont even get on a commerical airliner, so i wont be participating...


...maybe whats really going on there is that they take a bunch of people up into space, boot em out, then come back with droids who just move right into the dead people's lives...



posted on Aug, 18 2011 @ 08:02 PM
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In my mind, a spaceport shouldnt need runways



posted on Sep, 6 2011 @ 08:49 PM
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another article stating that this spaceport is almost done:
www.dailymail.co.uk...

just curious. does anyone think this is being built with something else in mind? the completion date to coincide with disclosure? just asking.



posted on Sep, 7 2011 @ 11:27 AM
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Originally posted by jstanthrno1
In my mind, a spaceport shouldnt need runways


Really? In your mind, how do you see these spacecraft landing?

A runway can be used for a single stage to orbit (SSTO) spacecraft to take off rather than rely on the heavy rockets used in multi-stage spacecraft. That is, if they ever build one that actually works.

But this "spaceport" is designed for space tourism. The spacecraft being used don't exactly make it into space. Close. But not quite.




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