Virgin Galactic Brings First Commercial Spaceport To New Mexico

Space! We’re all going to space! OMGYAY! Well, maybe not just yet, but the very first commercial spaceport has been opened in New Mexico, thanks to veryrichman Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Called “Spaceport America,” Virgin Galactic’s LEED certified bit of design is also equipped with geothermal heating and cooling, in case it needed to get any neater than already being the first spaceport ever.

A statement on the company site (via Forbes) announced the opening:

“Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic,” said Sir Richard Branson. “We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important new industrial sectors of the 21st century. We’ve never wavered in our commitment to the monumental task of pioneering safe, affordable and clean access to space, or to demonstrate that we mean business at each step along the way.”

The official name of the terminal is the “Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space,” a moniker which was announced by Branson’s two children while rappelling together from the roof the building.

Everyone wants to go to infinity and beyond, it seems, as 150 have already ponied up deposits on the $200,000 tickets into space and 430 hold reservations.

Sir Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez dedicate the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space [Virgin Galactic]

Virgin Galactic Opens World’s First Commercial Spaceport in New Mexico [Forbes]

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  1. 67alecto says:

    SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE.

  2. Cat says:

    “Space! We’re all going to space!”
    ~The 1%

    “And STAY there!”
    ~The 99%.

  3. Torchwood says:

    Space is AWESOME!

  4. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    He’s doing it wrong. We all know it needs to be in Iowa.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Not really. The movie put the space ports in Iowa, but the ship yards were on the coast in San Francisco. Kirk is FROM Iowa, the spaceships arent.

  5. mauispiderweb says:

    Sorry … I’ll only pay to go to places with an atmosphere that I can breathe. Oh yeah, and slightly warmer temperatures.

  6. rpm773 says:

    That’s pretty convenient. I pass right by New Mexico on my morning commute from Denver to Miami.

    • McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

      That’s a hell of a commute you’ve got there.

      A HELL of a commute.

      >.>

  7. laffmakr says:

    You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  8. Jane_Gage says:

    Obscene amounts of disposable income. Must be nice.

  9. bite back says:

    While the spaceport building may be “green,” space tourism, sending the well-heeled into the edge of the atmosphere on a 2.5 hour trip, will just blow more holes in the ozone layer and accelerate global warming. So, why are we so excited by this frivolous diversion?

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Dude, going into space!!!OMG!!111

    • AnthonyC says:

      It’s true that we have extremely serious, human-extinction-level environmental problems to solve in the next few decades. Nevertheless, there are some pursuits worth the pollution. Advancing space travel is one of them.

    • SWBLOOPERS says:

      An ozone layer won’t do us much good when the Sun burns out and dies.

      And so will we if we don’t go to space.

  10. StevePierce says:

    Wrong, Virgin didn’t build Spaceport. Virgin is only a tenant. The good taxpayers of New Mexico paid $209 million for this boondoggle.

  11. Cat says:

    “Virgin Galactic”

    Capt. Kirk approves.

  12. econobiker says:

    But are there any TSA job openings there?

  13. AuntieMaim says:

    Meanwhile, in LA, thousands lined up for access to a free health clinic to be held at the sports arena: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-free-clinic-line-20111018,0,5995980.story