Ascension Project Phase 2

18 05 2008

AIA is curently planning the considerable Phase 2 building works that will upgrade the Wideawake Launch Facility on Ascension Island, in readiment for the Toehold Project.  When the work is complete, the spaceport will be renamed Wideawake International.

The work includes considerable re-landscaping of the south west corner of the island and dramatic expansion of the Wideawake facility to make it a viable, large capacity spaceport for the future.  This includes infrastructure to support a wide range of launch and landing needs including vessels that represent the future of space flight, Altea Aerospace’s XR series craft especially.

Once phase 2 is complete the facility will have the following infrastructure:

– 2 extra wide 4km runways.

– 1 domestic flight runway.

– 2 GPLP vertical launch towers.

– Assembly and maintenance buildings for vertical lifters.

– Maintenence and storage hangars for dozens of winged craft.

– Multiple loading and unloading hangars for XR5 and similar vessels.

– Space tourist arrival/departure terminal.

– MC centres and tracking & guidance infrastructure.

– Green turtle nature reserve.

The new addon, essentially version 3, will not be backward compatible with previous versions and will not include the timeline function.   It will however have much greater capabilities than the existing versions.  Work on this may be slow and sporadic, but it will happen.  I shall post development pictures when they become available.

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