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December 22, 2005

Philippe Starck to Design Virgin Spaceport

Famed designer Philippe Starck has drawn up plans for the world's first spaceport - a $200m Virgin Galactic facility set to begin construction in 2007 on a patch of state land in New Mexico.

Virgin_spaceprt_2The art department at Vulture Central created a mock up impression of how they think the spaceport will look.

Richard Branson, majority owner of Virgin, signed a deal with NM authorities to house the spaceport that will send wannabe astronauts 70 miles above the Earth. At a cost of $200,000 for the first 100 tickets, Virgin’s founders will spend six minutes of weightlessness during the three-and-a-half hour flight. 38,000 people from 126 countries have already expressed interest in future flights.

Virgin_galactic_logo_1Starck has also inspired a new identity for Virgin Galactic - using the image of an iris. Starck explains: "The curiosity and adventure of the human spirit exists in the vision of a human eye, from today, through millions of years of evolution, right back to the beginning of mankind."

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