Terminal Hangar Facility, Spaceport America. Courtesy of Spaceport America
New Mexico is well on its way to hosting the world’s first commercial passenger spaceport as Foster + Partners’ Spaceport America was dedicated this weekend. A partnership between the state of New Mexico and Virgin Galactic, the first-of-its-kind building is chock-full of state-of-the-art energy-saving features. Unfortunately, on the heels of the much anticipated project is a study showing that the fuel used for the space vehicles based there could significantly contribute to global warming. Turns out the spaceport, one of America’s greenest buildings, will be home to one of its dirtiest forms of transportation.