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Construction begins on Foster's Spaceport America

Building works began last week on the world’s first ever private spaceport

Foster and URS Corporation’s winning design for Spaceport America has started on site. The spaceport, located in New Mexico, will host commercial operations by private space travel companies such as Virgin Galactic.

Foster and Partners say of the design, ‘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.’

The spaceport, over 10, 000 m², is designed to be energy efficient and utilises a variety of green technologies: solar panels on the roof provide hot water and earth-tubes reduce heating, ventilation and air conidtioning costs by 50-70 per cent.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Loving the sustainable environmental design strategy board, there, Norm. This is a centre for burning huge amounts of fossil fuels to blast rich tourists into space on a whim, right?

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  • It is hard to argue with the above comment, really. Sure beats war though. Pragmatics aside for the moment, what else does humankind put so much focused energy in to? Since the myth of Icarus and the Tower of Babel we have been trying to overcome the constraints of gravity and been paying the price of hubris. This private spaceporn market may do more to help than hurt in the long run. The jury is out.

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