HOW TO BUILD A SPACE­PORT

Focus-Science and Technology - - BRITAIN’S SPACEPORT -

A space­port re­quires much more than just a launch pad. Firstly, there will have to be ware­houses and lab­o­ra­to­ries where the rock­ets can be as­sem­bled and tested, stor­age tanks for the rocket fuel, a con­trol cen­tre to man­age the launches and pos­si­bly a vis­i­tors’ cen­tre, for spec­ta­tors to watch the launch. It is also es­sen­tial to have a small fire sta­tion and emer­gency fa­cil­ity in case of any mishaps. In many ways, a space­port is sim­i­lar to an air­port but with­out the pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal – yet.

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