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Virgin Galactic Making Moves For Future Industry
2012-01-04 05:35:57

Virgin Galactic is becoming more active in the commercial space industry by moving staffers to its New Mexico spaceport location. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said on Friday that a handful of employees have either moved to Las Cruces or are en route as part of the initial team to be based in the city. "It's still a relatively low number, but I think we're going to see a big ramp up as we approach commercial operations," he told Diana Alba Soular from the Las Cruces Sun-News....

Virgin Galactic Dedicates Commercial Spaceport
2011-10-18 11:12:00

Virgin Galactic and U.S. officials dedicated the world's first built-from-scratch commercial spaceport on Monday. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, rappelled from a balcony, shook up a bottle of champagne and christened the spaceport during the event. “Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic,” Branson said during the ceremony. “We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important...

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2010-11-18 09:55:00

Construction on the world's first commercial passenger space terminal is expected to be completed sometime next year, with flights set to begin launching within 18 months, according to a Wednesday evening article by Dennis J. Carroll of Reuters. Spaceport America, as it has been dubbed, will be located near the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. According to Carroll, a two-mile long runway was completed at the facility in October, and an air-fire rescue center and an over 100,000...

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2010-01-12 12:40:00

Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Florida was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists and researchers beyond Earth's atmosphere, Reuters reported. Cecil Field has one of the biggest runways in Florida at 12,500-feet long and 200-feet wide. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which worked to get its commercial spaceport licensing for four years, plans to offer the runway to a range of commercial space operators including Virgin...

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2009-06-20 15:40:00

Construction of Spaceport America, the world's first purpose-built spaceport designed specifically for space-bound commercial and fee-paying passengers, commenced Friday in New Mexico. Gov. Bill Richardson said the spaceport, located on a remote high-desert range, is only possible because of investments on the part of the state and Virgin Galactic, which is putting over $300 million into developing the space launch system that will operate from the site. "We took a risk, we gambled and we...

2008-08-06 03:00:37

By Elva K. Osterreich, Alamogordo Daily News, N.M. Aug. 6--After offering a lot of information during two hearings Tuesday, Federal Aviation Administration officials had a single public comment offered about Spaceport America. Stacey Zee, FAA environmental specialist, talked about what the FAA's role in the spaceport project is. The agency is completing an environmental impact study, the final stage of which is to gather public comment. Once the EIS is completed, the FAA can move into...

2008-06-21 03:00:21

By Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M. Jun. 21--LAS CRUCES -- When he was recently in Huntsville, Ala., -- a city that bills itself "Rocket City" -- Steve Vierck said he received a mixed message. "They know White Sands (Missile Range) because they do a lot of testing here," said Vierck, president and CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance. "But many of them associate White Sands with El Paso. What we've got to do is emphasize the geography lesson: We're in...

2007-04-06 07:43:53

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Voters in a southern New Mexico county have approved a tax to raise an estimated $49 million toward a $198 million tourism spaceport, according to unofficial returns Thursday. Residents of Dona Ana County voted on the sales tax Tuesday in what backers said was a make-or-break election for the state-supported Spaceport America. "This positive vote for the spaceport ballot initiative means America's new frontier begins in southern New Mexico," Gov. Bill Richardson said...

2007-03-27 10:42:34

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico officials have set the ground work to lease part of its commercial spaceport to Virgin Galactic as a base for its space tourism company. British entrepreneur Richard Branson and the state signed a 37-page memorandum of agreement Monday, setting the terms of a lease that calls for the company to pay the state $27.5 million over 20 years. The agreement isn't legally binding, but state Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he expects a lease based on the...

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2006-10-01 20:53:37

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) - A rocket that was the first launched from a commercial spaceport in New Mexico - and the first to crash - has been found in the desert, company officials said Saturday. The 20-foot SpaceLoft XL rocket was found nearly a week after it wobbled and went off course seconds after takeoff from Spaceport America in Upham on Monday afternoon. The unmanned rocket crashed Monday in the rugged southern New Mexico desert after reaching about 40,000 feet, well short of UP Aerospace's...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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