Spaceport America envisions itself to be at the forefront of space tourism.

Spaceport America, slated to be the world's first commercial spaceport, has recently been dedicated, setting off a new chapter in the history of aviation. The spaceport is a collaborative effort between the state of New Mexico and Virgin Galactic, a pioneer in space tourism. Inhabitat takes note of the energy-saving features of the eco-friendly spaceport:

At the core of the facility is a large solar thermal and electric array which also allows light to penetrate to the lower hangers. A series of apertures dot the roof, allowing more natural light throughout the facility. Since [the spaceport] is located in a desert, houses large equipment, and a large volume of people produce heat within the facility, it uses chilled beams in the public areas, radiant in-floor cooling, and displacement cooling in the large hangar to reduce energy demand. Natural ventilation takes care of the rest of the cooling needs. Water catchment, thermal mass, low-energy embedded materials and a slew other features ironically keeps the building well grounded.

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