Spaceport America is the world's first purpose-built spaceport, located in south central New Mexico. Situated next to White Sands Missile Range on the Jornada del Muerto, with the Rio Grande and Caballo Mts to the west and the San Andres Mts to the east. Construction began in 2009. The spaceport's major tenant, Virgin Galactic conducted its first fly-over in 2010 and has taken official occupancy of the spaceport. Operational flights are expected to begin in 2020.
The dramatic Spaceport America terminal building was designed by Foster + Partners, one of the world's premier architectural firms. From their page:
"The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists. Making a minimal impact on the environment, the scheme will be the first facility of its kind and a model for the future."
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