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TSC groundbreaking ceremony   (Source: Virgin Galactic)
Facility will be used to produce WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo for Virgin Galactic

Budget cuts have seen replacements for the retiring space shuttle be cancelled and hopes of NASA returning to the moon dashed. While government sponsored space flight is on the ropes, space flight in the private sector is blasting off.

The Spaceship Company (TSC) has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in the desert at the Mojave Air & Space Port. The groundbreaking is the official start of construction on the new 68,000 square foot clear-span hanger that will serve as offices, assembly, and testing facilities for TSC moving forward. The facility is large enough to allow the production of two WhiteKnightTwo and at least two smaller SpaceShipTwo craft at one time.

The WhiteKnightTwo is the mother craft that will carry SpaceShipTwo under its wings into the sky and then release the SpaceShipTwo to take its flight to sub-orbital altitude some 60 miles above the surface of the Earth. At that altitude, the passengers will be able to see the curve of the Earth and will be weightless. SpaceShipTwo will then fly like a conventional aircraft back to the Mojave Air & Space Port for landing.

George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and TSC said, “Today’s groundbreaking of TSC’s new hangar is another significant milestone in developing Virgin Galactic’s commercial spaceflight operations – following on from recent achievements including the maiden and second glide flights of SpaceShipTwo and the dedication of Spaceport America’s runway in New Mexico.”

PC World reports that the facility will employ 170 people when production is in full swing and that the company is already looking for engineers and workers for the facility. The new building is expected to be completed by September 2011. The facility is building the aircraft for Virgin Galactic. 

WhiteKnightTwo was unveiled in July of 2008, and the first flight for SpaceShipTwo was in October 2010.



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By Celeryman12 on 11/10/2010 10:31:28 AM , Rating: 2
The Mojave includes parts of California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona but does not include any part of New Mexico territory. Also, I live in NM and although the spaceport is being built here I haven't heard of the manufacturing facility being built here. Maybe it is, but wrong desert anyway! The spaceport is being built near White Sands missile range.




By CanyonHiker on 11/10/2010 10:42:21 AM , Rating: 2
Right -- here's the original dateline:
MOJAVE, CA, November 9, 2010 – The Spaceship Company (TSC) broke ground today for its new Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hangar today at Mojave Air & Space Port, with the presence of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) , Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46) and Rep. Jean Fuller...


By Iaiken on 11/10/2010 11:55:52 AM , Rating: 2
The deserts that cover New Mexico are:

Chihuahuan
Great Basin
Bisti Badlands
White Sands
Painted Desert

The rest of it is consisted of Mesa's, shrublands, the sierras and the tail end of the rockies.

L2Geography.


By robert5c on 11/10/2010 12:42:26 PM , Rating: 3
the article didn't outright say it was being built in the mojave desert therefore assert that the mojave is in NM, but reading the source reports the article is still off base.

This hangar and facility is not being built in New Mexico, it is being built in CA at the Mojave Air & Space Port. The line mentioning New Mexico was in reference to previous successes of the program.

The author simply didn't do proper homework or real reporting, just chose to retype a article, very close to word for word, without understanding it.

This borders on the cheap work i might of done in high school where i take paragraphs from my source and rearrange some of the sentences and words to avoid true plagiarism. this is not proper thing to do for a business though.


By kattanna on 11/10/2010 2:27:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The line mentioning New Mexico was in reference to previous successes of the program


incorrect

quote:
dedication of Spaceport America’s runway in New Mexico


its in reference to where the new public spaceship will be operating out of. the earlier flights were out of mojave, ca. i know, i was there.


By The Raven on 11/10/2010 4:06:23 PM , Rating: 2
I think you misunderstood his comment.

The line mentioning New Mexico IS in reference to Spaceport America where they had previous successes as he said...

quote:
George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and TSC commented on the groundbreaking: “Today’s groundbreaking of TSC’s new hangar is another significant milestone in developing Virgin Galactic’s commercial spaceflight operations – following on from recent achievements including the maiden and second glide flights of SpaceShipTwo and the dedication of Spaceport America’s runway in New Mexico.”


...but you obviously know what you are talking about too, based on what you said in your second quote and comment. That is what he was saying.

But all of this aside, it is obvious that Shane got this completely wrong when he make the headline, "The Space Ship Factory Breaks Ground in New Mexico."

Summary:
Mojave Air & Space Port = CA
Spaceport America = NM
The article is about the former, in CA yet the headline is about NM.

It looks like the commenters here have pretty much all picked up on this and other gaffes. I'm surprised that Shane hasn't corrected these yet.


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