Virgin Galactic and its thoroughly British CEO, Richard Branson, announced another milestone on their way to opening the world's first commercial spaceport: Construction is finished, and the terminal and hangar have been dedicated.
Virgin seems to be updating us fairly frequently, with equally frequent dedication ceremonies, on the progress of the spaceport. Just one year ago, they toasted the completed runway. But now, construction on Spaceport America, located a remote section of desert in New Mexico's Sierra County, seems to be finished. The hangar and terminal will be home to the new shuttle, mission control, and a waiting area for soon-to-be astronauts.
The company expects to begin test flights next year.
cool, but we really need orbital flights, go SpaceX!
If people will pay for suborbital then give them that. It will finance efforts to help them put up tethers, or simply finance more powerful boosters for these planes. SpaceX is fine, but all they are doing is using fairly conventional rocket technology. It's nothing revolutionary.
You're right it isn't revolutionary, but they are doing it much cheaper than NASA ever even tried to. We needed someone to intervene, and this could help us tons.
I am happy that both orbital and sub-orbital flights are being worked on. I think that Mr Musk and Mr. Branson are both moving their fields of business forward in a manner is highly respectable.