An artist's conception of the completed Spaceport America. When finished in 2013, a mere $200,000 will let you take a voyage at least partway to the stars: Virgin Galactic will be the first carrier to transport space-curious passengers on sub-orbital missions.
Within the terminal hangar, a public viewing gallery will let inquisitive visitors looks out on a desert plain that will someday be filled with spacecraft, some shaped like traditional rockets, others space shuttle-like planes, wingless round disks or whatever spaceship designers of the future come up with.
An artist's conception of the experience for visitors to Spaceport America -- when it's completed in 2013.
Today, Spaceport America is a construction site like any other one. Here, a close up of the windows that will make up the visitors experience center. For the curious, Spaceport America started offering tours in May 2011.
The exterior of the main facility at Spaceport America, which will include the visitor experience center when completed.
The 10,000 foot long runway for horizontal take-offs, such as those by the Virgin Galactic craft.
The first runway was completed in 2010. The dedication ceremony seen here included a fly over and landing by Virgin White Knight 2 and Virgin Spaceship 2.
The construction on the futuristic Spaceport America facility started in 2009.
The exterior of Spaceport America's hangar, seen today, is well underway. Spaceport America is the world's first purpose-built commercial space center.
An artist's conception of the low slung hangar, still largely under construction.
Plans for the facility include several runways, terminals and hangars.
A spaceplane zooms in for a landing in this early artist's conception of the facility.
White Sands Missile Range, a military testing site, is nearby meaning the site lives among 7,500 square miles of restricted airspace.
In the deserts of the western U.S., space tourism is becoming a reality as construction progresses on Spaceport America -- the world’s first purpose-built commercial space travel facility.