China Kicks Off Construction of New Spaceport, Theme Park in Hainan

China has kicked off construction on a new spaceport on the southern island of Hainan that will also include a theme park, according to a story on

Officials expect to complete the new launch center in about five years. They will use the facility to launch geostationary and polar-orbit satellites as well as deep-space probes. The space theme park will feature zero gravity rides and other attractions.