Private Space Port Opens

October 20th, 2011
in econ_news

Richard-Branson Econintersect: Virgin Galactic has opened the world’s first space port in southern New Mexico. The 120,000 square foot facility has been dedicated as “Spaceport America” in a ceremony attended by Virgin CEO Richard Branson (pictured), New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and 800 guests. The ceremony featured a fly over by Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo (pictured below). Branson’s company has sold 455 reservations at $200,000 each for early 2.5 hour flights and has $58 million in deposits from those customers.

Follow up:

Roadway approach to Spaceport America.

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Terminal building at Spaceport America.

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WhiteKnight Two and SpaceShip Two flying over Spaceport America.

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Read more details and see many more pictures at Gizmag.

Source: Gizmag









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