Construction of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built spaceport designed specifically for space-bound commercial and fee-paying passengers, commenced Friday in New Mexico.
Gov. Bill Richardson said the spaceport, located on a remote high-desert range, is only possible because of investments on the part of the state and Virgin Galactic, which is putting over $300 million into developing the space launch system that will operate from the site.
“We took a risk, we gambled and we won,” he said.
Virgin Galactic, plans to provide sub-orbital space flights for the public to the tune of $200,000 per ride.
“After all of the hard work to get this project off the ground, it is gratifying to see Spaceport America finally become a reality,” Richardson said.
“This groundbreaking ceremony is an important step toward our goal of being at the forefront of a vibrant new, commercial space industry.”
Spaceport America says construction will start with a 10,000 feet runway at the site, followed by a terminal and hangar facility later in the year, Spaceport America said.
The project is expected to wrap up within 18-24 months, and Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn says the firm has already booked around 300 spots in advance, and will likely begin sending out tourists from the spaceport within two years.
Okay this is really cool and I want it done already.
We need to seed the other planets in our solar system, one really big asteroid and the human race will get annihilated this is the most important thing humanity should worry about.
I hope we can come together and colonize the rest of our solar system, because right now we are sitting ducks in a galactic game of pinball.