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Old September 5th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #1
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NEW MEXICO | Spaceport America Development News

[IMG]http://i56.************/wqopbc.jpg[/IMG]
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First images released of the first Spaceport America terminal, designed by a team consisting of British architects (Fosters) and American engineers.

Construction is due to begin next year and finish late 2009/early 2010.

Virgin Galactic plan to launch from here as soon as it opens.

Official Site:

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Virgin Galactic site:

Link

Renders:

[IMG]http://i55.************/r0doiq.jpg[/IMG]
Source: http://solscape.astroarts.org/2009/0...ceport-america / full HD resolution

HiRes Visualization of Spaceport America from above:
[IMG]http://i54.************/14lhtnr.jpg[/IMG]
Source: http://expandingconsciousness.wordpress.com/2011/05/ / full resolution













Elevation:









The spacecraft by Virgin Galactic (White Knight):





All renders by archrecord.construction.com / See also


There are more renders on the official Spaceport America site, and a number of stories on the net.


Actual spacecraft footage:







From: http://www.virgingalactic.com/news/i...ht-with-virgi/

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Old September 5th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #2
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Yea civilian space travel will become the norm in my lifetime I have no doubt. Wow.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 09:11 PM   #3
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Wow, its amazing what us humans can do.
Crazy. i wish i had the money do this.

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Old September 5th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #4
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i wonder if there will really be as many people there as they show in the pics.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 11:19 PM   #5
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wtf why new mexico?
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Old September 5th, 2007, 11:24 PM   #6
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probably because there is nothing out there, so the noise wont bother people. Also because i assume they need a huge runway and there is a lot of space in New Mexico for that kind of thing.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #7
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They have a place where space shuttles land sometimes already. i think thats why
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Old September 6th, 2007, 05:55 AM   #8
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Looks cute and looks like an alien's hub to me.

And since it's a "Spaceport", aliens from outer space might come to visit from time to time.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 06:58 AM   #9
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i think thats one of the reasons they are building it.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 10:03 AM   #10
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Right, to encourage aliens from outer space to land on earth.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #11
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That's why they are going to buld it.
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Old September 6th, 2007, 11:38 AM   #12
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Wow the building indeed looks ''alien''! There many strange buildings around the world but they always look ''human''. This one looks really alien. Maybe someone should put this on Digg.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 11:38 AM   #13
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Kewel thread.

Here's where it's located.



They shoulda put it closer to Roswell.
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Old September 7th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #14
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It's closer to Las Cruces than it looks on the map, I think about 40 miles north-- roughly halfway between T or C and Las Cruces.

Regarding the why New Mexico comment...

NM may be a small state (2M people in the whole state), but it is well-represented by high tech/R&D companies and two National Laboratories (Sandia and Los Alamos). The site is near the White Sands Missile Range where the first atomic bomb was detonated in 1945 and, as stated earlier, the backup Shuttle landing site.

Of course there's nothing around for 40 miles or so, so it's probably a pretty good site...
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Old September 7th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #15
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OOH! NICE!

Its pretty far from Roswell but I am pretty sure it will only take less than 30 seconds for aliens to get there.
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Old September 8th, 2007, 04:39 AM   #16
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Its pretty far from Roswell but I am pretty sure it will only take less than 30 seconds for aliens to get there.


Some of them are getting curious about this "Spaceport"...




...that they held a meeting to discuss it.

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Old September 8th, 2007, 04:49 AM   #17
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nice thread.

^i hope u didnt take that photo Athenax
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Old September 8th, 2007, 05:04 AM   #18
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^i hope u didnt take that photo Athenax
It was a closed door meeting and those jealous aliens won't let me in...
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Old September 8th, 2007, 06:00 AM   #19
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Nice space port. Isn't Dubai planing one as well?
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Old September 8th, 2007, 10:39 AM   #20
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Yeah and Singapore too.
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