Gallery: Foster + Partners Officially Launch Virgin Galactic Gateway Sp...

 
Yesterday marked the opening ceremony for the highly-anticipated Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space, the world's first commercial space launch pad. The spaceport, which is located in a remote region of southern New Mexico, hopes to bring economic development, tourism and educational opportunities to the area. United Kingdom-based Foster + Partners designed the 120,000 square-foot building in conjunction with URS Corporation and local New Mexico architects SMPC. The building meets LEED Gold standards for environmental quality and attracted over 800 guests at its opening ceremony.

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  1. gubs October 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I really do applaud Sir Richard Branson’s Philanthropy and humanitarianism. Also, his steps to make air travel and space exploration with less carbon footprint is a step that I hope other private and federally funded companies follow.

    Just one thing … I was just about to sign up for a flight since I have 200K burning a hole in my pocket when I read that the new $209M Virgin Galactic Gateway will be funded by US Tax Dollars. It seems as though something slipped under the radar since a privately funded company received a serious chunk of the people’s change for it’s headquarters.

    What does it take for someone, here in America, to have federal funds “donated” to their privately funded venture? I feel that as an architect, I am doing what I can to make the world a better place, yet 30% of my paycheck floats away to places such as this Galactic Gateway.

  2. diana2501 October 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I thought it had something to do with space??!!

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