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Old July 15th, 2011, 02:13 PM   #81
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A look at Spaceport America

The runway and most ancillary buildings are complete. The Foster+Partners terminal/hangar complex is behind schedule but should all be complete by early 2012.

all photos from June:

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Spaceport America, New Mexico looks magical in the early morning misty light. by Virgin Galactic, on Flickr

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Virgin Galactic's 'Cosmoport' by Clashmaker, on Flickr

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Spaceport America by Clashmaker, on Flickr

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SpacePort_tour_06092011_32 by chad.person, on Flickr

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SpacePort_tour_06092011_31 by chad.person, on Flickr

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SpacePort_tour_06092011_29 by chad.person, on Flickr

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SpacePort_tour_06092011_19 by chad.person, on Flickr

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Old July 15th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #82
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Yay, thank you desertpunk, that's ma man!
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Old July 15th, 2011, 02:51 PM   #83
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Another rendering of Spaceport America lit up:

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Source: http://solscape.astroarts.org/2009/0...ceport-america / full HD resolution



Love the spacey blue illumination. That's how you imagined a spaceport as a kid.
Marvellous.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 02:57 PM   #84
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Thanks erbse! Didn't know this thread even existed!
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Old July 15th, 2011, 03:11 PM   #85
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i am just speechless, wow
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Old July 15th, 2011, 06:11 PM   #86
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Old July 15th, 2011, 06:52 PM   #87
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Wow, looks like something actually built by aliens
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Old July 16th, 2011, 07:54 AM   #88
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Probably the most important and interesting project on Earth! Thanks!
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Old July 16th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #89
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That "lit up" picture is spectacular.

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Old October 18th, 2011, 05:11 PM   #90
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Just read this on sky news website in the uk.

First Spaceport Is A Giant Leap For Branson

Last Updated 05:54 18/10/2011
British billionaire Richard Branson has opened the world's first commercial spaceport.
With usual flair, the businessman inaugurated the building in the New Mexico desert by breaking a champagne bottle against a hangar - while abseiling down the side of it.

The site has been called Spaceport America and will serve as the new home for his company, Virgin Galactic.

The company said it is expected to house up to two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin's astronaut preparation facilities and mission control.

About 150 people already booked on to the first flights attended the event. Also among the guests was US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second human on the moon.

Last month Mr Branson said he hoped to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, which he said would kick off an era of commercial space travel.

"The mother ship is finished... The rocket tests are going extremely well, and so I think that we're now on track for a launch within 12 months of today," he said.

"About an hour between Los Angeles and London is not completely out of the question," Mr Branson said, while adding it would probably take many years before the company could offer such a service.

In the meantime, Virgin has sold around 430 tickets for space travel, at £127,000 ($200,000) each.

A number of private companies are rushing to fill the gap left by Nasa, which ended its 30-year Shuttle programme in July with the completion of the final Atlantis mission to the International Space Station.

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Old October 18th, 2011, 05:31 PM   #91
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Awesome, I didn't know there was a thread for this. Great to see all those pictures for the first time, I've only read about the project but never saw what it would look like.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 05:32 PM   #92
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Virgin Galactic Dedication



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Sir Richard Branson, (r) with New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Mohammed al-Husseiny -CEO of aabar Investments and New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce pose in front of the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo at the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Hangar, Monday October 17, 2011 near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
It was part of a dedication and christening of the hangar to Virgin Galactic.
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Sir Richard Branson and Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico watch as an air show with the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo takes place at the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Hangar, Monday October 17, 2011 near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
It was part of a dedication and christening of the hangar to Virgin Galactic.
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Sir Richard Branson along with performing with Project Bandaloop on the side window wall of the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Hangar, Monday October 17, 2011 near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
It was part of a dedication and christening of the hangar to Virgin Galactic
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Sir Richard Branson (c) along with son Sam (left in black) and daughter Holly (far right) performing with Project Bandaloop on the side window wall of the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Hangar, Monday October 17, 2011 near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
It was part of a dedication and christening of the hangar to Virgin Galactic.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #93
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British billionaire Richard Branson, New Mexico officials dedicate spaceport terminal
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UPHAM, N.M. -- Nearly a year after British billionaire Richard Branson was in southern New Mexico for the dedication of the runway at Spaceport America, he's back to get the keys to the newly completed terminal and hangar facility so his Virgin Galactic can begin its commercial space tourism venture from this remote patch of desert in Sierra County. Branson and Gov. Susana Martinez will be among the officials gathered Monday to dedicate the world's first built-from-scratch launch station for sending people and payloads into space.

Clad with custom metal paneling and massive panes of glass, the state-of-the-art terminal rises up from the desert floor to face the nearly 2-mile long runway. The building will house Virgin Galactic's sleek spacecraft, mission control and a preparation area for the space tourists who have booked suborbital flights aboard rocket ships the company is developing.

It was six years ago that Virgin Galactic and state officials reached an agreement to build the $209 million taxpayer-financed spaceport. Officials said the completion of the terminal and hangar facility marks another major milestone that brings the dream of rocketing tourists into space closer to reality. Still, the question many are asking is when the first ships will launch from Spaceport America. It was Branson who once predicted that the maiden passenger flight would take off in 2007.

Company officials now expect powered test flights to begin sometime next year. Commercial service will start up after the company gets a license from the Federal Aviation Administration. NASA has already signed a $4.5 million contract with the company for up to three chartered research flights. Some of the 455 ticketholders who are in line to fly with Virgin Galactic were scheduled to be at the dedication ceremony.

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Additionally, the hangar where Virgin Galactic spacecraft are manufactured in Southern California was recently dedicated as well:

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More than 80 employees of The SpaceShip Company gather for a group photo at their new hangar facility, FAITH- (final assembly integration test hangar) at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, CA. early AM Monday September 19, 2011. The company is actively hiring, seeking to double its present 80 employees with jobs in fabrication and many areas of high technology.
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they should have name this port Mos Eisley.
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Old October 19th, 2011, 03:36 AM   #95
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they should have name this port Mos Eisley.
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Old March 9th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #96
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Terminal is largely complete except for interior finishes






http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat...-complete.html


http://www.archiscene.net/firms/fost...ster-partners/



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http://www.cwtsavvytraveler.com/2011...eport-america/
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Old March 9th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #97
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Naturally, a visitors center is also planned:



http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/...feb_space_cmyk
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Old March 9th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #98
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Wow pictures look amazing
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Old March 30th, 2012, 06:50 PM   #99
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Gorgeous, geil, absolutely gorgeous! I'd love to see more recent photos posted. Thanks so far for all the efforts!
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