Spaceport America spending skyrockets, complex mostly vacant

Spaceport officials constructed a runway, launch pads, a terminal building and mission control. They promised to send astronauts into sub-orbit, create jobs, boost tourism, lift the economy and earn a ton of money. The grand opening was celebrated in 2011. However, the promises made years ago turned out to be sky high. Today, other than a few dozen vertical rocket launches the spaceport sits mostly vacant.

The Spaceport cost $219,000,000 to build. It now loses about $500,000 each year. Due to a slew of delays and technical setbacks, Spaceport America depends on taxpayers to keep its operation afloat…

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