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Spaceport America Runway Dedication - SpacePod 2010.10.26

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Rick Homans: We are building on the legendary space history of southern New Mexico. The U.S. space program was born in the skies overhead and behind me. George Whitesides: As CEO of Galactic it is an honor to welcome you all to this fantastic facility where together we'll write a new chapter in aerospace history. Sir Richard Branson: People of New Mexico, congratulations! And as we gather to dedicate this magnificent runway, I've got a feeling there's something interrupting me. I thought it might be interesting to give all of us a glimpse of what will actually be using this runway in years to come. So I invited a very special guest to drop in and if you look overhead, way up, please welcome the future of space travel to the new home of space travel. (cheering of the crowd) Bill Richardson: When Richard and I shook hands five years ago and embarked on this project there were a lot of unknowns. Quite frankly, a lot of risk for both Virgin and for the state of New Mexico. But we took the risk and here we are today, landing on the runway, touring the terminal hangar facility, and talking about when commercial operations will begin. Branson: Oh wow, look at this. Unreal. Guide: And this is the third level, which is where all of this is going to be the astronaut's base... Branson: That's right. Guide: We'd like to really build into the interior design... Branson: So this will be where the vehicles will be? The space ships? Guide: Yeah, this is where the vehicles will be. Richardson: What a great day for New Mexico and for space. What do you think of this Spaceport America? Is this great or what? Look around you. (cheering of the crowd) Branson: Ta-da! Alright, pretty good eh? Not bad. Richardson: So it's the best day, probably, of my eight years as governor. And we've done it and it's a dream come true and I'm delighted and my partner here kept his word and New Mexico kept its word. Branson: Look, I've had to pinch myself a lot in my lifetime and I've had some wonderful experiences, but this must be one of the best experiences. To be standing on this beautiful spaceport, you have to use your imagination, but it will be the most sexy spaceport ever. Looking out at the sexy beast, which is our mothership and our spaceship, and being at the inauguration of this wonderful spaceport. It's been a magnificent day.

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Duration: 5 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: spacevidcast on Oct 26, 2010

UPHAM, NM -- The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) today dedicated the nearly two-mile long "Governor Bill RIchardson Spaceway" at Spaceport America, representing significant progress toward launching commercial customers into space from the desert of New Mexico. Governor Bill Richardson, Sir Richard Branson and approximately 30 of more than 380 Virgin Galactic future astronauts attended the event along with guests from around the world and watched a flyover and landing by Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, in a captive carry with SpaceShipTwo.

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