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Spaceport America, New Mexico (U.S.)

formerly the Southwest Regional Spaceport

Last modified: 2016-02-27 by rick wyatt
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About Spaceport America

Spaceport America (formerly the Southwest Regional Spaceport) is a spaceport located in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in New Mexico, United States. It lies 90 miles (140 km) north of El Paso, 45 miles (72 km) north of Las Cruces, 30 miles (48 km) east of Truth or Consequences. Spaceport America was officially declared open on the 18 October 2011.

The site has been described "the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport". As of October 2009, eight suborbital missions have been successfully launched from the port.

"The site, which is entirely owned and paid for by taxpayers and the state of New Mexico, will also be known as the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space, since Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has a 20-year lease with the spaceport."

The flag

On the way leading to the actual Spaceport, one can see a road full of flags:

The flag seems to be a black horizontal background flag, with a white flying saucer in the middle, resembling a UFO.

For further information please go to:
Spaceport America (official website)
Virgin Galactic (official website)
Virgin Group Ltd. (official website)

Esteban Rivera, 22 October 2011