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The Spaceports Of North America - Ready For Business

Imagined Lunar mining facility.
magined Lunar mining facility.

To the Moon In Early 2013

As of the end of 2012, North America supported 13 spaceports, with one in Canada and the reamining dozen in the USA.These ports are real and they are not all government operated. In fact, with the emergence of the NASA Commerical Crew (63 aerospace companies to date), the US Space Program took a decided turn for the private sector. The space program will go on with or without government funding.
Previously in May 2012, NASA itself had amassed a group of private sector aerospace companies to form its NASA Commerical Crew for commerical and privatized space ventures. Severasl of these companies are buidling replacements of various kinds for the US Space Shuttles retired in 2012, along with robot landers and habitat dwelling for the moon and in the furture, Mars..
Previously began ventures by Google were set to launch robot landers to the moon in early 2013, two years ahead of schedule (2015). In addition, Google joined with James Cameron and other investors to begin near-Earth orbit asteroid mining.
In late 2012, it was announced that a US astronaut, Scott Kelly and a Russian cosmonaut counterpart, Mikhail Kornienko, set to be shuttled to the ISS to complete an entire year in space in 2015. This is the longest of any long-term space living attempted to date, the current record in December 2012 being just six months. This will test the ability of the human body to withstand long-term space dwelling.

New Dreams

This is an exciting time, because even though the magic and romantic imagination of humanoids on Luna and Mars in science fiction literature was dispelled by actual exploration, we now have actual spaceports that will launch us to see what is really there and what can be built. We will have new architecture, new cultures, and new governments according to the Red Mars trilogy.
Author Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards:

Can We Dream In Space?

America first heard about such long-term space travel situtations when Walt Disney released space exploration episodes of his Sunday Night TV series in the 1960s.
Astronaut candidates and others who are now called pillownauts for their sleep and long-term bed stay partication in NASA studies, underwent sensory deprivation and sleep deprivation akin to that which might be experienced in outer space.
Many of these were illustrated on the Disney shows. These and more have been explored in the excellent Red Mars trilogy of Martian colonization sci-fi books. Kelly and Kornienki will see what really happens. Speculation exists that after many months in space, the human body is unable to sleep - what effects will this have on the brain, considering the body rejuvenates and even heals most duing sleep and specially REM Sleep? Astronaut related studies in the 1950s and 1960s showed hallucinations evident after 3 days lacking sleep. What will really occur "out there"?
All of these events and more combine to comprise a need for spaceports in North America. We have them and they are ready for business. Spaceport America began guided tours in 2011 - 2012 and tenants began coming on board.

Eastern Spaceports

Fort Churchill, Canada -
Fort Churchill, MB, Canada
 [get directions]
Some initial work was done here for aviation and aerospace efforts, but it is undecided whether Fort Churchilll will further develop into a spaceport.
NASA Cape Kennedy -
Nasa Parkway East, FL, USA
 [get directions]
DOD Cape Canaveral -
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
 [get directions]
NASA Wallops -
NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WAL), Wallops Island, VA 23337, USA
[get directions]
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport -
Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Virginia, USA
 [get directions]
Cecil Airport, Jacksonville -
Cecil Airport, 13365 Aeronautical Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32221, USA
 [get directions]

Private Flights In 2013

The United States supports the development of 12 spaceports for government, commercial, and passenger transportation to outer space.
Spaceport America has, by the end of 2012, already sold 520 tickets at $200,000 each to private passengers to fly into space in late 2013. The spaceport incldues a 10,000-foot runway, vertical lift pads, and several other facilities. Aerospace companies that have already used the two-mile long runway include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, UP Aerospace, Virgin Gallactic (the anchor tenant), as well as its major competitor Armadillo Aerospace.
Spaceport America is huge overall, located near the White Sands Missle Site as well as the Trinity Site where the first atomic bomb was launched for testing. Spaceport America plans to be more positive.

MARS Delivers to ISS

  • The Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) is housed on the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility. Rocket launching is already underway via Orbital Sciences Corporation and its Antareslaunch vehicle and Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft that is dedicated to delivering supplies and other carfgo to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • After Cape Kenney and Cape Canaveral in Florida, MARS is the next most developed spaceport in the US, although Spaceport America is dedicated more at this date to commericla passengers.

Spaceport America Region, New Mexico

Spaceport America NM -
KRWG, 1600 Stewart Street, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA
 [get directions]
White Sands NM -
White Sands, NM, USA
 [get directions]
Missile testing range.
Los Alamos National Lab -
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
 [get directions]
Site of the first atomic bomb discharge, along with Trinity Site.
The Black Hole, 4015 Arkansas, Los Alamos NM -
4015 Arkansas Avenue, Santa Fe National Forest, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
 [get directions]
MIlitary surplus store for surplus from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Roswell NM -
Roswell, NM, USA
 [get directions]
Site of one of two UFO landings on the same date in July 1947. See links below.

Western Spaceports

Oklahoma Spaceport, Burns Flat, Oklahoma -
Clinton-Sherman Airport (CSM), 2nd Street, Burns Flat, OK 73624, USA
 [get directions]
Corn Ranch, Van Horn TX -
Van Horn, TX, USA
 [get directions]
Aerospace company Blue Origin is testing spacecraft here.
Spaceport America, New Mexico -
KRWG, 1600 Stewart Street, Las Cruces, NM 88003, USA
 [get directions]
Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport (a public spaceport) -
Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport, Green River, WY 82935, USA
 [get directions]
DOD Vandenberg AFB -
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
 [get directions]
The California Spaceport®
Mojave Air and Space Port -
Mojave Air & Space Port (MHV), 1434 Flight Line, Mojave, CA 93501, USA
 [get directions]
This spaceport probably hosts the most tenants (aerospace industries) and houses the largest Test Pilot School in the world.
Kodiak Launch Complex, Kodiak Island -
Kodiak Island, Alaska, USA
 [get directions]
KLC is the nation’s only high latitude full service spaceport.Sub-orbital and orbital space launch vehicles owned/operated by Alaska Aerospace Corp.

Highlight: Green River Intergalactic Spaceport (48U) - Wyoming

  • Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport is a small airfield in Wyoming and has a single runway a little over a mile long. It may be developed into a larger spaceport in the future, although the name began as a local joke.

New American Ports

  • National Front Range Airport will soon become home to Spaceport Colorado in the 2010s.
  • Spaceport certification is sought for suborbital tourism, travel, and cargo transport from one point to another on Earth.Some initital anchor aerospace companies were lost to Texas because of higher business incentives offered in that state.
Front Range Mountais near the new spaceport in Colorado.
Front Range Mountais near the new spaceport in Colorado.

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