Phase one of the world’s first commercial
spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin’s consumer spaceflights, is now 90
per cent complete.
The 1,800-acre Spaceport America site, in Las
Cruces, New Mexico, is the home base for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s most
ambitious business venture yet.
It already boasts a runway stretching to
nearly two miles long, a futuristic styled terminal hanger, and a dome-shaped
Space Operations Centre.
‘When you think about what a feat that is, to
build all that anywhere, but then to build it in the middle of the high desert
in New Mexico — that’s a small city that was built,’ she said.
‘So hats off to all the contractors and
architects and everybody else that spent a lot of time and sweat equity in its
But Ms Anderson has already met challenges. No
sooner had she started in her new job, the New Mexico legislature slashed the
spaceport office budget by more than half.
And there is no firm date yet for Spaceport
America to begin operations.