Spaceport Construction 60 Percent Complete

UPHAM, N.M., July 6 (UPI) — The 10,000-foot concrete runway at Spaceport America in Upham, N.M., is finished and construction is about 60 percent complete, a Spaceport official said.

Spaceport Executive Director Rick Homans said workers are finishing turnarounds on both ends of the runway and the apron around the terminal-hangar facility, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported Monday.

Homans said crews also started adding steel trusses to the terminal-hangar facility to create a platform for the roof at the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

The director said the $32.5 million site’s 1.3 million-gallon water tank, the wastewater treatment plant and the fuel storage facility also are finished.

Ground was broken June 19, 2009.

“The bottom line is, by mid-December, we expect to have a substantially complete spaceport and be working on the final finishes for many aspects of the facility,” he said.

Homans said the next step is advancing Spaceport America from a construction project to an operational spaceport. He said the agency is drafting bid documents for contractors to run the facility.

“Building a spaceport is one thing, running a spaceport is something completely different,” he said.

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