Work Proceeds as Spaceport America Prepares for Official Groundbreaking

An artist's conception of a Virgin Galactic flight above Spaceport America in New Mexico
An artist’s conception of a Virgin Galactic flight above Spaceport America in New Mexico

Birthplace of commercial space
The Las Cruces Bulletin

For those who worry about the spaceport depending so heavily on Virgin Galactic, Landeene said the company is still intent on spending between $250 million and $350 million on development of the spaceliner, which will first take tourists to suborbital space at $200,000 a flight.

It’s not just about space tourism, Landeene emphasized. Virgin Galactic is changing its business plan, he said, to respond to the military, NASA and others interested in using the system to launch experiments and small satellites. “Virgin Galactic is creating this new space tool and it’s coming to New Mexico,” Landeene said.

In other good news, the first packages of bids have come in, Landeene said, and it appears the project can afford to build an upgraded 10,000-foot runway. That means that any aircraft in the world could land on the runway, he said.

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