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    What is the inspiration?

    This building was meticulously designed, and every space lends attention to the building’s purpose. Our aim is that this facility will be, for thousands, a point of departure on what will be the single most meaningful and transformative journey of their lives: spaceflight. 

    This building strives to encapsulate the vast and natural beauty of the New Mexico landscape, as well as the airy, light, and endless celestial realm.

    Why in the middle of nowhere?

    Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The location was chosen for this spaceport for: 

    • Restricted airspace (The FAA-licensed launch complex is situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range, which has a rocket friendly environment, and 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace). 
    • Low population density, low light pollution
    • Space sufficient for a 12,000-foot runway

    Great weather: Southern NM has an average of 340 days of sunshine and low humidity