Last week we brought you news of the space ‘Bloon’ which will take you on a journey 22 miles above the earth to the very edge of space for a mere £90,000 per person.
Another space-themed development has grabbed our attention this week, namely the world’s first commercial spaceport which is due for completion by the end of this year and should be fully operational by 2013.
The 1,800-acre Spaceport America site in New Mexico is set to be the home of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism venture and its SpaceShipTwo aircraft which will take passengers on a suborbital voyage 70,000 feet above earth.
The Spaceport site features a two-mile runway and a state-of-the-art futuristic hanger which will house Virgin Galactic’s flagship SpaceShipTwo, plus an on-site visitor attraction in addition to two nearby visitor centres planned for neighbouring towns.
SpaceShipTwo enjoyed its inaugural voyage earlier this year, and while the WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo launch system is still undergoing testing in order to determine its safety for commercial flights it is hoped that passengers will be on board by the end of 2013.
Watch SpaceShipTwo being unveiled below: