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Spaceport America Under Construction in New Mexico

DailyTech – Spaceport America Under Construction in New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic is expected to begin launching tourists into space from the spaceport in 2010, as more than 45,000 people have registered to take a trip from New Mexico.  The Spaceport America web site each person will have to pay $200,000 per trip to go up to 50,000 feet into the air before accelerating into space.

Specifically, spacecraft will lift off from a 10,000-foot runway, fly up to 50,000 feet, break free and fly up to 62 miles in total height.  Each trip will take around two hours with five minutes of weightlessness.

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