A recent dedication event took place at Spaceport America in New Mexico, attended by over 150 Virgin Galactic customers who have made deposits to travel to space and guests from around the world. The nearly two-mile long runway was officially named “Governor Bill Richardson Spaceway” and guests watched a flyover and landing by the WhiteKnightTwo. The terminal and hangar facility will house seven space vehicles, the astronaut preparation and celebration facilities, a mission control center, a friends and family area, and public access space for visitors. Governor Richardson said:
We are celebrating the world’s first spaceway at the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport. New Mexico is not only helping to launch the commercial spaceflight industry, but we are launching new jobs and opportunities for the people of southern New Mexico. Today marks a significant milestone on our historic and exciting journey.
The 120,000 square-foot building was designed by UK-based firm Foster + Partners. The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight. It was built using local materials and regional construction techniques, and has a range of sustainable features including geothermal heating and cooling.