Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Commercial Spaceport to Open in New Mexico

Entrance and guard shack to Spaceport America,...Image via WikipediaI wanted to share this story here on Todays World News mostly because this is a huge deal and a major Breakthrough for America. To see them actually builiding the Space Port in New Mexico is something so many have been waiting for for decades. Be sure to check out the link here below for the full story and Videos.
http://commercialspaceport.blogspot.com
British millionaire and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is one step closer to his dream of providing commercial flights into space with the construction of a spaceport in Upham, New Mexico. What is certainly the product of the commercialization of the space industry, Spaceport America is destined to become the "flagship" of other spaceports throughout the world. In fact a similar spaceport project is already underway in Singapore.

Ticket pre-sales for the pricey space flights have already reached over $45 million dollars. Each ticket, costing approximately $200,000 will take you on a sub orbital flight on the VSS Enterprise. Boasting only 6 seats, it is sure to be an adventure to brag about.


The Taxpayer funded, $198 million spaceport will take tourists on short hops into space at first, but plans are already underway for more extended flights that Branson hopes will one day include orbit flights and stays in a space hotel.


Fortunately, the design allows for "green technology" by incorporating a core design implementing renewable energy. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, southern New Mexico has the second highest potential for solar power in the nation. The videos at the bottom of the page contain more information on some of the methods being incorporated into planning.


In addition, cooling methods such as buried air pipes will assist traditional methods. According to the
Spaceport America
site, " By powering the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America, with clean, abundant solar energy, the world will look to New Mexico as the leader in implementing renewable energy solutions!"



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This image from the October dedication ceremony shows the terminal under construction

Weekly flights are set to begin in approximately April, 2012. Also on the agenda for the new spaceport are several companies who will be specializing in research and in transporting payload to space.
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