New Mexico: To Infinity ... And Beyond

A special airspace clause may make the state the home of the world's first spaceport

In terms of business opportunity in New Mexico, the sky's the limit--literally. As home to the White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces, the state has the only airspace in the country--other than over the White House--that is restricted from the ground to infinity. This means that a swath of New Mexico is uniquely situated for a spaceport since no planes or satellites can pass through the area reserved for rocket launches and landings. State officials are scheduled to announce a partnership this week with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to launch a fleet of ships--based on the Ansari X Prize--winning...

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