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Phase I of world's first commercial spaceport now 90% completed: first flights in 2013

Phase I of world's first commercial spaceport now 90% completed: first flights in 2013 | Random Everything | Scoop.it

Phase one of the world's first commercial spaceport, which will be the hub for Virgin's consumer spaceflights, is now 90 per cent complete. The 1,800-acre Spaceport America site, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the home base for Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's most ambitious business venture yet. It already boasts a runway stretching to nearly two miles long, a futuristic styled terminal hanger, and a dome-shaped Space Operations Center.

 

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Exploring Space with Chip-sized Satellites

Exploring Space with Chip-sized Satellites | Random Everything | Scoop.it

Gravity may be woven into the very fabric of space-time, but some objects seem nearly immune to its pull. Scale something down to the size of a dust particle and you'll find it can stay aloft almost indefinitely, dancing in midair on thermal currents. Cornell University graduate student Justin Atchison set out to create such a miniature spacecraft. The aim of the project "Sprite" is to fit everything a satellite might need onto a 1-square-centimeter integrated circuit.

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