The first purpose-built commercial spaceport for the personal spaceflight industry is to be constructed in New Mexico, a deal struck between the state and Virgin Galactic, the private spaceline firm created by British billionaire, Sir Richard Branson.
Details of the partnership were unveiled today in a Santa Fe, New Mexico gathering of state officials led by Governor Bill Richardson, spaceport planning officials, and leaders of Virgin Galactic, including Branson.
Richardson announced that he will work with the state legislature to secure a three year commitment for a total of $100 million for the state's share of the funding to build the world's first commercial spaceport to be built in southern New Mexico.
Current conceptual views of the spaceport, Whitehorn said, are tied to making it "the most environmentally-friendly spaceport/airport type structure that's been built." Largely to be fabricated underground, the New Mexico spaceport, for example, would use solar energy and an advanced water collection system.