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Update on Spaceport America

27 Feb 2008, 04:08 UTC
Update on Spaceport America
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As you may or may not know New Mexico is building the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport. The name of the project is Spaceport America and is a $198 million venture that will be around 18,000 acres. The land is located north of Las Cruces and east of Truth or Consequences. The spaceport is being funded by New Mexico and has been in the works for quite some time. It is hoped that Spaceport America will serve as an orbital launch center as well as a suborbital hub. The first flight will come from Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic in 2009. Virgin has already collected its $200,000 per-person fee from the first 100 passengers.Though the spaceport is well into development is still has a few big hurdles to surpass. First they have architectural designs that need to be finalized, then there is the issue of an environmental impact study, and New Mexico has to vote on a .25% tax increase in Sierra County.The project has to be paid for somehow and New Mexico plans to do this by adding .25% in taxes for Sierra County which will be voted for on April 22. The upcoming April tax vote, if approved, would ...

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