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Spaceport America, Truth or Consequences
(3.6/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
Spaceport America is a spaceport located in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in New Mexico, United States west and north of the White Sands Missile Range. It lies 89mi north of El Paso, 45mi north of Las Cruces, and 20mi southeast of Truth or Consequences. Spaceport America was officially declared open on October 18, 2011.The site has been described as "the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport".Tenants of the spaceport include Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, while UP Aerospace and Armadillo Aerospace have both operated from the spaceport.The site's major tenants have experienced problems—or change of plans—in development of their programs and technologies, resulting in spaceport revenue far below projections, and a political controversy about what to do with the expensive government-built spaceport.HistorySpaceport America is the result of over two decades of efforts to increase the commercial accessibility of spaceflight, come to fruition in southern New Mexico.InceptionThe spaceport's initial concept was proposed by Stanford University engineering lecturer and tech startup advisor Dr. Burton Lee in 1990. He wrote the initial business and strategic plans, secured US$1.4 million in seed funding via congressional earmarks with the help of Senator Pete Domenici, and worked with the New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) to develop local support for the spaceport concept.
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  • The best thing I can say about this tour is GO, DO IT! Your excitement about space travel will double. Mark was so informative and entertaining! 
  • This place is terrible. I reserved a tour two months in advance. A few days later, I was told that all future tours had been canceled because the vendor lost their contract. Fine. I called *four times...  more »
  • A group of us headed out there yesterday from Albuquerque for the Open House. It's a long drive from here but we had a gorgeous day so it was all good. The Spaceport is quite isolated (about 40 minute...  more »
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  • For those who think ahead, this is a must see, especially now. Imagine LAX in 1950... You have a chance to see the birth of the future of mankind and limitless opportunities. Its time mankind works in 3 dimensions :-)
  • Neat to say you've been there. Exhibits are lacking. It felt very amateurish. Not worth the $45 ticket. Put on by 3rd party tour company. No official Spaceport personnel to talk to. Not much activity to see at the Spaceport itself. No list of accomplishments. We had done lots of research on the drive home about their accomplishments.
  • Would like to see them have some 1 mile top speed competitions for cars. 200 foot wide two and a half mile long Runway would be perfect.
  • A truly beautiful location for a testament to the belief in man's need to explore the next frontier.
  • space port and for all united world dream's I give you my 5 stars...cool ... My dream in one day i realy realy wanna go to other world...so gut luck sir ... God bless us all..