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Old December 22nd, 2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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New Mexico first commercial spaceport!

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Dec 18, 2008

The US Federal Aviation Administration has given the green light for the world's first commercial spaceport, New Mexico authorities said Thursday.
The FAA granted Spaceport America a license for vertical and horizontal space launches following an environmental impact study, according to the New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA).


The terminal and hangar facility for horizontal launches is planned for completion by late 2010.

"These two governmental approvals are the next steps along the road to a fully operational commercial spaceport," said NMSA Executive Director Steven Landeene.

"We are on track to begin construction in the first quarter of 2009, and have our facility completed as quickly as possible."

The terminal and hangar facility for horizontal launches is planned for completion by late 2010.

NMSA hopes to sign a lease agreement later this month with Virgin Galactic, a branch of Virgin Atlantic owned by British airline magnate Richard Branson. The firm's SpaceShipTwo passenger craft will be the main attraction at the site.

The system plans to take passengers approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) into the sky. Virgin Galactic plans to welcome 500 passengers per year who will pay 200,000 dollars each for a suborbital flight lasting three to four minutes.

There have been several commercial launches from the site since April 2007, with more launches planned.

Spaceport America has also been working closely with aerospace firms Lockheed Martin, Rocket Racing Inc./Armadillo Aerospace, UP Aerospace, Microgravity Enterprises and Payload Specialties.

The Russian federal space agency currently offers the only orbital space tourism flights aboard the Soyuz spacecraft, which allows passengers to visit the International Space Station (ISS) for several days at a cost of 20 million dollars.

link: http://www.space-travel.com/reports/...eport_999.html

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Old December 22nd, 2008, 04:08 PM   #2
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main website: http://www.spaceportamerica.com/




FLYING COMPAGNY: VIRGIN GALCTIC



link: http://www.virgingalactic.com/



OTHER COMPAGNY: XCOR AEROSPACE



link: http://www.xcor.com/
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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OTHER SPACEPORTS in developing.

SWEDEN

MAIN WEBSITE: http://www.ssc.se/?id=5997

Olle Norberg, Chairman, Spaceport Sweden

INTERVIEUW WITH BRANSON:
http://www.ssc.se/?id=9504&cid=9516&Year=2008



SINGAPORE

MAIN WEBSITE: http://www.spaceportsingapore.com/




RUSSIA
This November RosCosmos sent the reconnaissance commission to the Amur Region in order to specify location of the construction site for new Russian launching site “Vostochny”.

The commission included experts in machine engineering and other industrial and scientific fields. Researchers specified sites for design and survey works near the town of Uglegorsk. Said works are scheduled to start in 2009.

Engineers will study terms of construction for first stage objects of future spaceport, aimed at preparation and launch for space crafts of scientific, social and economic, double and commercial purpose.

The spaceport will have about 50 objects, among which there are launch facilities for various space vehicles.


LINK: http://www.russia-ic.com/news/show/7460/
LINK: http://www.space-travel.com/reports/...sters_999.html
LINK: http://www.space.com/news/071121-new...osmodrome.html

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