Spaceport America is the first commercial spaceport in the world located at New Mexico with hanger and terminal facility aiming to launch individual citizens into space for profit. This taxpayer-funded project worth around $200 million comprises a 10,000-foot runway to fly the airplane with the spacecraft that will break free into 62 miles of space before returning to the base. The flights are designed to last around two hours including 5 minutes of gravity free condition. Seems like science fiction? Around 250 people are ready to pay $200,000 each for a trip during early next year. What do you think now?
The executive director of the spaceport Steve Landeene said “Its real and you are definitely not talking about drawn things on paper anymore.” The spaceport is envisioned to work as an airport with different routes where aerospace companies will lease building and hanger space. Spaceport America is not just about space tourism, additionally, it will also include other business ventures like communication projects and medical research. According to the state officials, the site will facilitate around 500 construction jobs and will spark the economic development, tourism and education for generations. The runway of the project is estimated to finish next summer and the hanger and terminal should be prepared for tenants during the end of 2010.
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