Concrete Work Begins on Spaceport America Runway

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The runway at Spaceport America in New Mexico is heading toward completion with the multilayered landing strip’s first batch of concrete poured Feb. 11.

The 3,000-meter long runway, measuring some 60 meters wide, is made up of 60 centimeters of prepared subgrade followed by 10 centimeters of asphalt and topped with a 36-centimeter finish layer of concrete, according to a Feb. 15 news release from Spaceport America and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.

The runway is designed to support flight operations for Virgin Galactic’sWhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and its SpaceShipTwo passenger-carrying suborbital vehicle.

David Montoya Construction Inc. of Alameda, N.M., is building the Spaceport America airfield.

Work also is under way on Spaceport America’s 10,000-square-meter Terminal Hangar Facility, according to the release.