TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – There were no tourists blasting off in rockets but New Mexico’s Spaceport was busy with plenty of other traffic Saturday. Ten small private planes touched down at the futuristic Spaceport America for the first-ever public fly-in.
The $500 per plane fee paid for a private tour and lunch at the facility. Virgin Galactic’s long-delayed space tourism flights were postponed again after its spacecraft broke up during a test flight.
Spaceport staff members are working to attract other business in the meantime. Only the first 10 pilots to register online got to take part in Saturday’s fly-in but each could bring as many passengers as they could carry.
For the driving public, the Spaceport will soon open two new visitor centers.