First commercial spaceport in New Mexico desert (video)
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo won’t have to taxi down public runways for much longer.
Today, founder Richard Branson and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson cut the ribbon at a nearly two-mile long runway for the world’s first commercial spaceport. While the rest of the facilities at New Mexico’s Spaceport America are still under construction and Branson estimates sub-orbital launches are still nine to eighteen months away, the 42-inch-thick strip of pavement is definitely complete — see the WhiteKnightTwo mothership come in for a landing right after the break.
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