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Spaceports Galore

They're building a spaceport in New Mexico...

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico New Mexico lawmakers agreed today to proceed on a three-year commitment of funds to build a regional spaceport, designed to support commercial rocket launchings, including passenger-carrying suborbital vehicles.

"Our view of this is all systems go for the spaceport," said New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans, also Chairman of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority in nearby Santa Fe.

"This sends out a message loud and clear that New Mexico is setting out on this bold plan," Homans told reporters in a telephone briefing. "This is real and we're moving forward on this."

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And another one in the United Arab Emirates...

The company that pioneered the concept of space tourism has announced plans for a commercial spaceport in the United Arab Emirates.

Space Adventures will build its first spaceport in the emirate of Ras Al-Khaima, less than an hour's drive from Dubai, and, in a project estimated to cost at least $265 million, is designing to add further ports in locations such as Singapore and North America.

The US company has also struck a deal with investment firm Prodea to develop rocket ships to take paying customers on sub-orbital flights.

Eric Anderson, the president of Space Adventures, explained the reasoning behind locating the spaceport in the UAE: "Ras Al-Khaimah's unique airport and spaceport support facilities and the close proximity to Dubai, one of the world's leading luxury tourist destinations, makes it a choice location for spaceflight operations."

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posted: 2/18/2006

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