SPACEPORT AMERICA, N.M. -- it looks like a building for the future, and it is. In the middle of the New Mexico desert, an hour outside Truth or Consequence, a very large building emerges -- the home of Virgin Galactic.
Here, at some point in the near future, Virgin Galactic hopes, it will begin the commercial spaceflight age. Flying private citizens, at $250,000 a seat, into space aboard the custom-built Spaceship Two, launched from the WhiteKnightTwo, the company expects to make history.
This is the Virgin Galactic terminal building. All astronauts will go through this building, which is closed to the public and the press.
The main terminal building was designed by the famous architecture firm Foster + Partners to blend into the surrounding mountains. (Foster + Partners is also the firm behind Apple's upcoming donut-shaped campus in Cupertino, Calif.)
Though it looks like little more than a glorified desk, this is mission control in the operations building. From here, New Mexico Space Authority personnel can monitor any and all launches that take place at Spaceport America.