World’s First Commercial Spaceport Dedicated
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.