Washington DC firm to build massive ghost city for tech testing

By on September 7, 2011, 2:30 PM

Washington, DC-based technology firm Pegasus Global Holdings has announced plans to build a massive ghost city in New Mexico designed to test all sorts of new technology in a realistic environment. The replica city will be modeled after a typical American community of 35,000 and will cost $200 million to construct.

The project known as The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation (The Center) is the first of its kind in the US and will allow scientists, federal labs and military personnel to test innovations in a real-world setting, reports the Washington Post. The 20-square-mile city will feature common infrastructure such as houses, highways and commercial buildings, new and old.

"The idea for The Center was born out of our own company’s challenges in trying to test new and emerging technologies beyond the confines of a sterile lab environment," Robert H. Brumley, Pegasus Global’s CEO said. "As entrepreneurs, we saw a global need and stepped up to address it. The Center will allow private companies, not for profits, educational institutions and government agencies to test in a unique facility with real world infrastructure, allowing them to better understand the cost and potential limitations of new technologies prior to introduction."

The company has been working with the state for a year and a half but has yet to select a build site. The facility will be developed on state-owned land either in the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor or in the Las Cruces area near the Mexican border.

Brumley expects the project to attract multiple investors with plans to create around 350 direct jobs and up to 3,500 jobs to be created in its design, development, construction and ongoing operation. Revenue will be generated from access charges and user fees as well as from the sale of excess utility output, such as power generation, water treatment and wireless infrastructure.

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dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

The replica city will be modeled after a typical American community of 35,000 and [...] plans to create around 350 direct jobs

Sounds overly optimistic.

Holyscrap said:

or the typical us city after 2012

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Is that London Bridge lol.

Jibberish18 said:

Only in America will you build a town made for no inhabitants. They say we're wasteful and do everything big...well here you go. LOL.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Jibberish18 said:

Only in America will you build a town made for no inhabitants. They say we're wasteful and do everything big...well here you go. LOL.

Seriously!

They can buy half of Detroit for that amount of money, build a wall around it, do their testing for 5 years, then open it up to inhabitants.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Jibberish18 said:

Only in America will you build a town made for no inhabitants. They say we're wasteful and do everything big...well here you go. LOL.

China already beat us to it and there ghost cities are bigger too!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Bizarre, just bizarre. Well, if they build it next to the Mexican border, it'll become a prime target for squatters, that's for sure.

Guest said:

breaking news: shortly after building ilegal aliens took over the place

Raswan Raswan said:

TomSea said:

Bizarre, just bizarre. Well, if they build it next to the Mexican border, it'll become a prime target for squatters, that's for sure.

Wow. Somehow, you come up with a comment that is both atrocious and perfectly in line with everything else you've ever posted. grats.

Emin3nce said:

Who says they aren't already testing sinister bioweapons there.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

TomSea said:

Bizarre, just bizarre. Well, if they build it next to the Mexican border, it'll become a prime target for squatters, that's for sure.

emin3nce said:

Who says they aren't already testing sinister bioweapons there.

Should have known that was the plan all along.

aj_the_kidd said:

cliffordcooley said:

TomSea said:

Bizarre, just bizarre. Well, if they build it next to the Mexican border, it'll become a prime target for squatters, that's for sure.

emin3nce said:

Who says they aren't already testing sinister bioweapons there.

Should have known that was the plan all along.

Not that i want to indulge their deluded ideas but, its possible that Pegasus, a company which has nothing to do with immigration, thought, maybe we could create a city near the Mexican border so that the folk that crossover can "squat" at this conveniently located city and then other companies can test their bio weapons on them. Absurd yes, but just following tom and em theme

mailpup mailpup said:

Why does this remind me of City 17?

Guest said:

Pripyat much cheaper... LOL!

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I like the name 'Ghost City' ........ now I wonder if some real ghosts would like to make it their home, that would be nice. I wonder where will they find the investors in these economic conditions though, as they sounds like "over-optimistic" aren't they?

Rasta211 said:

Sounds like Grand Theft auto is coming into real life! Yeah!

Guest said:

Half the budget will go to keeping junkies out.

Guest said:

Just come to Spain. We have a plenty of ghost cities already done and cheap

Guest said:

lol, no that is not the london bridge......

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