New Mexico Expects Big Things From Spaceport America

Artist Impression of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipOne over Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Artist Impression of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipOne over Spaceport America in New Mexico.

New Mexico’s Big Investment (Spaceport America) Should Pay Out
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Construction of Spaceport America is under way and is expected to be complete within a year. But at this point, many people, especially taxpayers in the state of New Mexico, want to know if the Spaceport will pay out. Well, according to Spaceport America, there has already been over 300 flights sold and at $200,000 a piece, there’s been at least $42 million shelled out in deposits and some full-paid flights.

“The Spaceport should be in the black from day one,” said technical and business development director for Spaceport America, Aaron Prescott. While those in orbit will be considered brave and wealthy commercial space travelers, they are also tourists who will be pumping money into the state.

“It’s going to allow people to stop and spend a few more days in New Mexico whether they’re traveling through Albuquerque or through El Paso,” said president and CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, Davin Lopez.

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