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Spaceport America Thread
« on: 06/06/2010 02:59 PM »
I couldn't find an appropriate thread so I'll try starting one-

I came across these construction images at the Spaceport America website:

http://www.spaceportamerica.com/construction/construction-status.html#

Home page:

http://www.spaceportamerica.com/

The runway is finished, and work has begun on the hangar/terminal building. Check out the inflatable form for the concrete dome.


Here are some more, via Dave Masten:

http://twitpic.com/1to88n

http://twitpic.com/1to98v
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #1 on: 06/06/2010 05:22 PM »
Wow, the construction is really moving along nicely. Really an exciting time for the New Space industry. Hopefully this time next year Virgin Galactic will be preparing for their inaugural commercial flights from Spaceport America. And if NASA agrees and the timing is good, maybe SpaceX will be launching the first Dragon to the ISS.
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #2 on: 06/16/2010 08:50 AM »
Governor Bill Richardson Announces Rick Homans as Spaceport Executive Director
http://www.governor.state.nm.us/press.php?id=1620

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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #3 on: 06/18/2010 05:17 PM »
On May 26, 2010, the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology conducted a hearing related to certain aspects of the proposed NASA FY2011 budget.

Committee Chairman Bart Gordon stated there would be more hearings in the future about the proposed NASA FY2011 budget.

He further stated that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson had been in contact with him, and Governor Richardson would be invited to testify at the next committee hearing on the NASA FY2011 budget.

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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #4 on: 06/28/2010 12:03 AM »
on the Spaceportamerica web site they have updated the construction page.

They posted a neat construction presentation showing the progress.  definitely worth a look.
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #5 on: 06/28/2010 06:58 AM »
:o

It looks more like a manta ray to me, though I can kinda see what you're getting at.
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #6 on: 06/28/2010 07:09 AM »
:o

It looks more like a manta ray to me, though I can kinda see what you're getting at.
Well in your picture I see a toilet seat.
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #7 on: 06/28/2010 07:11 AM »
*shakes head*

It would be amusing to be with you while you're taking a rorschach test ;D
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #8 on: 06/28/2010 07:11 AM »
:o

It looks more like a manta ray to me, though I can kinda see what you're getting at.
Well in your picture I see a toilet seat.

Galactic toliet seat that flys ??? Warp toliet drive? lmao :D
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #9 on: 06/28/2010 07:13 AM »
:o

It looks more like a manta ray to me, though I can kinda see what you're getting at.
Well in your picture I see a toilet seat.

Seems to be acting as a giant Rorschach test, doesn't it?  ;)

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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #10 on: 06/28/2010 07:13 AM »
:o

It looks more like a manta ray to me, though I can kinda see what you're getting at.
Well in your picture I see a toilet seat.

Seems to be acting as a giant Rorschach test, doesn't it?  ;)
ha ha
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #11 on: 06/28/2010 07:14 AM »
Seems to be acting as a giant Rorschach test, doesn't it?  ;)

I propose they call it Rorschach port. Sounds cooler than Spaceport America imo.
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #12 on: 06/28/2010 07:20 AM »
Okay, okay back on topic, it's going to be pretty impressive once the place opens and they start flying SS2.
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #13 on: 06/29/2010 04:43 PM »
I was looking at the time of completion of the work. From what I read, the terminal would be ready in late 2010 or early 2011 but the runway will be finished this summer (probably in August).

See:
http://www.spaceportamerica.com/images/pdf/may-spring-10-newsletter.pdf

See also:
http://www.white-sands-new-mexico.com/spaceport_america.htm

Here is an interesting interview with Steve Landeene, (the former) Executive Director of Spaceport America:
http://www.thespaceshow.com/detail.asp?q=1331

Here is a recent presentation:
http://www.aiaa.org/pdf/industry/presentations/Prescott_Spaceport%20America.pdf

Here is some details about the lease agrement between Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic:

http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/hyperbola/2009/02/oh-yes-that-spaceport-america.html
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #14 on: 06/29/2010 09:54 PM »
:o

It looks more like a manta ray to me, though I can kinda see what you're getting at.
Well in your picture I see a toilet seat.

Galactic toliet seat that flys ??? Warp toliet drive? lmao :D

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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #15 on: 09/09/2010 11:44 AM »
Time to bump this thread:



"Spaceport America Tour, video focus is on the runway"

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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #16 on: 09/12/2010 07:35 PM »
Via RLV and Space Transport News comes this local news report about Spaceport America:



It seems likely that Armadillo will be flying their vehicles here a lot sooner than Virgin Galactic will, but SS2 gets all the hype. I wonder if Armadillo will get to use the fancy hangar or have to provide their own facilities; their own pad at least, I wouldn't think they would let them burn holes in the shiny new runway.

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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #17 on: 09/13/2010 04:56 AM »
About that Rorschach test: it looks distinctly feminine to me ;)

That said, it's great to see it progressing so rapidly. 
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #18 on: 09/16/2010 07:08 PM »
and some more pics are up at the site
http://www.spaceportamerica.com/construction/construction-status.html

looking pretty good....

EDIT:Looks like they don't use too much wood in the construction these days :)
http://spaceportamericaconstruction.blogspot.com/2010/09/thf-hanger-view-of-second-floor.html
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Re: Spaceport America Thread
« Reply #19 on: 09/16/2010 09:21 PM »
EDIT:Looks like they don't use too much wood in the construction these days :)
http://spaceportamericaconstruction.blogspot.com/2010/09/thf-hanger-view-of-second-floor.html

Doesn't burn, Most modern commercial building fire codes forbid wood for studs. I cringe every time I see a commercial building that uses wood (still happens in mass.), steel is a better choice.
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