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Old January 17th, 2008, 02:07 AM   #61
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someone posted earlier on the thread that they are building in Dubai and somewhere else.
They are planning other spaceports, but they are still only on paper, nothing has been built (at least that is what I heard). That is why they are calling this one the first private spaceport in the world.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #62
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is this really under construction?
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Old January 18th, 2008, 07:08 PM   #63
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is this really under construction?
Its pretty much finished.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 03:33 AM   #64
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Its pretty much finished.
any pictures?
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Old January 19th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #65
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^take a hint mr met, you've asked the same question every single day, there are no pictures. It's not like a new skyscraper where you can send somebody from down the road to take a few snapshots, the spaceport is in the middle of nowhere. There is also very little to see, essentially there will be a runway and a few small buildings, look at a small airport and imagine it to be very much the same. The spaceport is for launching scaled/virgin's Spaceshiptwo, these are launched from a support plane, so there is no major infrastructure required, just a large exclusion zone for safety reasons.

Scaled had a major setback last year when an explosion at one of their plants caused the death of three of their staff. There has been no news about the spaceshiptwo since. Scaled are also a company that pride themselves on secrecy, and you will probably not here any more about them until the plane is ready to fly. Patience is the key here, stop spamming this thread.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 12:36 AM   #66
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So what is the port going to be used for since we dont have space liners yet?
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Old January 20th, 2008, 12:40 PM   #67
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So what is the port going to be used for since we dont have space liners yet?
But we do, Scaled has at least one and another one being delivered soon I think.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 02:44 PM   #68
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^not yet they don't, virgin havent recieved any yet and there has as i say been no news from scaled in about 2 years now. The port is currently being used for commercial rocket tests, it is also the home of the X-prize cup, which is a yearly event designed to demonstrate the viability of commercial space flight. There have been a couple of rocket launches there in the last few years, and the cup attracts a large crowd.


more info here http://www.xprize.org/events-challenges/x-prize-cup
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Old January 24th, 2008, 01:21 PM   #69
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^not yet they don't, virgin havent recieved any yet and there has as i say been no news from scaled in about 2 years now. ...
Best timing ever, new images of spaceshiptwo and whiteknighttwo were released yesterday, it is the most stunning vehicle ever designed, i can't wait to see them flying:



article including video here:
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Old January 24th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #70
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Pretty little airplane!
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Old January 25th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #71
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tis a spaceplane!! can take 8 people into space, will be the worlds first commercial spaceplane
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:14 AM   #72
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Wow, this is all simply amazing.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:48 AM   #73
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Timmy: Can i fly it?
Narrator: Why yes little Timmy, you can, anyone can fly one with just 5 years of training
Timmy: 5 years?
Narrator: Yes...or you can be kicked out of Nasa for driving from Houston to Florida to kill your ex astronaut boy friends new astronaut girl friend!
Timmy: Win Win
Together:HAHAHAHA
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As far as construction photos go, this place is in the middle of the desert, literally 30 miles from any town.

I found out that it is near the "town" of Upham (which looks to be just a dot on the map, no buildings at all). The only building even close to Upham is 7 miles northeast of the "town". Here are the pictures of those buildings. I don't know if they are the Spaceport or not, but I didn't find anything else, so by process of elimination it has to be something.



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Old January 25th, 2008, 05:44 AM   #75
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ya, that would be a farm, shows how much someone from Philly knows
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Old January 25th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #76
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Timmy: Can i fly it?
Narrator: Why yes little Timmy, you can, anyone can fly one with just 5 years of training

Training period is minimal, all you need is the $200K fee for the flight

Timmy: 5 years?
Narrator: Yes...or you can be kicked out of Nasa for driving from Houston to Florida to kill your ex astronaut boy friends new astronaut girl friend!


NASA has no involvement at all in this project, it is a joint venture from Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites

Timmy: Win Win
Together:HAHAHAHA

yes we all remember the amusing story of the astronaut that did something naughty, fancy telling us the election results from four years ago, or are you gonna start posting rellevant comments??
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Old January 25th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #77
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this is awesome....i'm definitely going to get into space before i die.....woohoo!
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I love the new design and the way it incorporates the Virgin Galactic Iris Logo. Looks like a cool, futuristic and sleeker version of the space shuttle. They have done a great job with this, aesthetically at least, just as Foster has done with the Spaceport.

Here is another view of SS2:



Size and design comparisons of SS1 and SS2:





Richard and a model of the ship:



Other models:





Simulator:



Construction pic of the first WhiteKnightTwo:



Construction pics of the VSS Enterprise:







Branson and Rutan:



You can tell how passionate Richard is about this. That can only be a good thing.
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What a pity I had to pull this thread out of the DN archives.


Another inside rendering of the Spaceport:
[IMG]http://i55.************/29l1hqw.jpg[/IMG]
Source: http://gizmodo.com/5113433/virgin-ga...aa-green-light


The construction site as of May 2011 (I believe) with Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two / White Knight aircraft flying over it:
[IMG]http://i53.************/imot5i.jpg[/IMG]
Source: http://expandingconsciousness.wordpress.com/2011/05/



Anyone in here who got more construction shots? Especially recent ones would be much appreciated!
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HiRes Visualization of Spaceport America from above:

[IMG]http://i54.************/14lhtnr.jpg[/IMG]
Source: http://expandingconsciousness.wordpress.com/2011/05/ / full resolution
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