As chronicled in the business section of the Denver Post Nuevo México is the go-to spot for commercial space exploration in the west.
“Virgin Galactic, which has signed a 20-year lease that calls for $1 million payments a year to the spaceport for five years and then more money to cover costs, has deposits from more than 300 people signed up for $200,000 each.
The rides will take off from and land on the spaceport’s 10,000-foot-long runway, which is close to completion. The 110,000-square-foot terminal hangar facility — which resembles an outer-space manta ray — should be completed by year’s end…
Spaceport America already has created about 600 construction jobs. Studies by Futron Corp. and New Mexico State University estimate that within five years, the spaceport will generate about 2,300 jobs and $300 million in revenues. By 2015, those numbers rise to 3,460 jobs and $552 million in revenues.”
- Ann Schrader, Denver Post
The exposé goes into the circumstances that culminated into NM’s winning the bid as the “world’s first and only civilian space exploration site” – not only were the “stars aligned” but is sure to have the stars lining-up.
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