This is the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport
Virgin Galactic will establish our human spaceflight headquarters and operate our flights from Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, which is located on a 27 square mile area in the southern part of the New Mexico. Funded by the state of New Mexico and Sierra and Dona Ana counties, Spaceport America will provide cutting edge facilities and a wonderful location for our astronauts to train and ultimately realize their dreams of traveling to space.
The signature feature of Spaceport America, in addition to its 12,000 foot runway and other critical infrastructure, is the Gateway to Space building, which serves as a hangar for our vehicles, a place for our training activities, and more. The Gateway to Space was designed by world-renowned, UK-based Foster + Partners, who won an international competition to select the lead architect for the project. Virgin Galactic is working with New Mexico-based RMKM Architecture with the support of New Mexico’s Progressive Construction Management to outfit the building.
The spaceport has been designed to fit within and be a part of the surrounding desert landscape, and every aspect of the interior design supports the preparation of our astronauts for their journey.