Spaceport America, designed by Foster+Partners

Artists impression of Spaceport America

Spaceport America, the world’s first commercial spaceport, is being built in New Mexico for Virgin Galactic. Who else would you choose to design it other than Foster+Partners — follow the link for more piccies. Thanks to Wired for the pointer.

Given all the announcements of a spaceport in Australia, a shame it’s not somewhere like Cairns. Or Uluru. 😉

Bonus space link: Arthur C Clarke on the 50th anniversary of Sputnik.

5 Replies to “Spaceport America, designed by Foster+Partners”

  1. I’ve just realised why Spaceport America looks so familiar. It’s the flying submarine FS-1 from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, shown here as an “artist’s impression”:

    Painting of Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Or check out the fan art of FS-1.

    Or maybe it’s the Spindrift from Land of the Giants, as shown in this classy photo:

    Photograph of Deanna Lund with the Spindrift spacecraft from Land of the Giants

    Which is more disturbing: That our first space passengers will get there courtesy of Richard Branson, or that you’ll pass thru a spaceport that looks like something from an Irwin Allen production?

  2. I just watched my Land of the Giants dvd and the main section of the spaceport looks like the Spindrift. Very cool design. I also think the spaceport looks like a futuristic vehilce. It would have been nice if this was being built in Australia.

  3. I like the Deanna Lund one of her holding the Spindrift cos it looks like she was the one who ate one of Genius’ groth pills instead of Fitzhugh.

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