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SPACEPORT AMERICA VISITOR CENTER
301 S. Foch
Truth or Consequences
Open Daily 8am-5pm
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“The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Virgin Galactic a commercial license to operate its SpaceShipTwo — the latest milestone in the aspiring spaceline’s quest to one day fly from New Mexico’s Spaceport America.”
“Anderson had the challenge of keeping the spaceport going without the anticipated revenue from Virgin Galactic, which is still paying its lease, but is not attracting visitors to the spaceport or generating revenue through launches.”
EXOS Aerospace Systems and Technologies plans to fly from the Spaceport over the next 5 years, according to a joint statement.
Spaceport America will host its second OPEN HOUSE event, free to the public, on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
Virgin Galactic has collaborated with Yohji Yamamoto, a Japanese designer from Adidas’ Y-3 label, to create a new line of apparel that’s ready for space travel.
The close proximity of Spaceport America to the Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa and the Armendaris and Ladder ranches presents a serendipitous opportunity for an exclusive partnership.
The November 6 mission was UP Aerospace’s 10th SpaceLoft rocket launch and the first deployment mission (for NASA, deploying the Maraia Earth Return Capsule).
Tickets are on sale now for a ride out to Spaceport America to watch an UpAerospace rocket launch!
Spaceport America held its first ever FREE Open House on a gorgeous Saturday in October, when the first 200 cars to RSVP were allowed to drive out and see the facility.
Space tourism and suborbital travel have huge promise. As home to the only place in the nation besides the White House that has protected airspace from ground to infinity, New Mexico should understand that.
Spaceport officials announced in early September that ARCA Space Corporation will test its space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft at Spaceport America.
Spaceport America is third in a list of 25 places that need to be seen – from Smithsonian.com.
Spaceport America has benefitted Sierra County in many ways. In light of the Spaceport Visitor Center opening in downtown Truth or Consequences, we put together a list of the positives.
With construction winding down, Spaceport America is officially open for business following today’s approval of a new go-to-market strategy and five-year business plan by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority’s (NMSA) board of directors.
Spaceport America provides an effective backdrop for a drone commercial
The inaugural Private Pilots Fly-in Event marked the start of a recurring opportunity for private pilots to land at Spaceport America.
Director Christine Anderson on the state of Spaceport America in January of 2015.
Virgin Galactic has partnered with Gray Goose Vodka.
Four friends will win Land Rover’s Galactic Discovery competition which ends on November 21.
Video of Virgin Galactic’s Third Powered Flight, which occurred on January 14, 2014.
New Mexico True TV Tours Spaceport America as part of a new televised series.
Beauty of a shot of the Gateway to Space at Spaceport America on Instagram. Photo by isaac.herrera.
Wonderful photos of Spaceport America and Truth or Consequences, the town that sits 35 miles northwest of the facility.
Virgin Galactic seeks needed services at New Mexico’s Spaceport America NOW! Vending machines, shuttle bus, staff catering, office supplies. Problem-solvers please respond!
The SPA January 2014 newsletter is out! Among the announcements, Spaceport is the recipient of two recent awards for architecture, one from NAIOP and the other from AIA.
Lady Gaga will become the first ever recording artist to perform outside the earth’s atmosphere when she launches from Spaceport America in early 2015.
Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX delivers a keynote during the ISCPCS conference discussing the Space industry as a whole, and how SpaceX has grown since its 2002 inception.
Lots of people want to get in on the nascent space flight market. States and locales as diverse as Hawaii, Georgia, Alabama, and Puerto Rico are eyeing the possibility of building a spaceport, but New Mexico’s Spaceport America is already near completion and has launched 19 vertical launches so far.
Did you hear about the September 25 event at Virgin Galactic in Mojave? The one where Richard Branson entertained 300 future astronauts? Spaceport America’s Executive Director Christine Anderson was there.
ISPCS has released a draft schedule for its October conference. Keynote speakers and panel sessions will occur in Las Cruces, but the conference concludes with a tour to Spaceport America.
ISPCS reports that registration is open for its 2013 (October 16 & 17) conference.
As of the July 1 newsletter from Spaceport America, the runway extension is finished, extended length totals 12,000 feet.
“Fine weather and on-time.” Jerry Larson of UP Aerospace described the most recent Spaceport America launch as a success all the way around.
Jaden and Will Smith visited Southern New Mexico in May, as part of a press junket for their new movie “After Earth.”
Follow The Sun, current operators for Spaceport America’s Preview Tours, have opened up shop in Elephant Butte NM.
Spaceport America’s newest tenant is SpaceX, the creator of “Grasshopper” – a rocket that is able to return to the launch pad intact for a vertical landing, rather than burning up upon reentry in the Earth’s atmosphere.
“To me, business isn’t about wearing suits of pleasing stock holders. It’s about being true to your self, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.” This and more memorable quotes from Sir Richard Branson.
Someone sent us this photo of a Fire Truck at Spaceport America, just because it looks cool.
The skies just got a little friendlier with “Seat-to-Seat” messaging system, a new feature offered on many Virgin America Airlines flights.
An article from the Albuquerque Journal on some of the Albuquerque businesses that have been chosen by Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America to provide services to the facility.
Raton students traveled to the State Capitol in Santa Fe earlier this year to participate in the 2013 Legislative Session and the passing of the Limited Liability bill that was so crucial to Spaceport America’s success.
From the Spaceport America Newsletter: “At a ceremony on-site at Spaceport America this afternoon, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed into law the Informed Consent legislation.”
Video on developments at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, as shared on IDEAS Orlando’s YouTube channel:
Got a need for speed (and a spare $9,000 hanging around)? Then come September 2013, you could be one of only 10 lucky people to get to drive the world’s fastest car, a Bugatti Veyron, 200 mph at Spaceport America. Check out the informational video – and our favorite part, the drivers-seat view of speeding […]
Check out this video of former astronauts describing the psychological effects of space travel. Source: Upworthy.com
Spaceport News the week of February 21, 2013: the Informed Consent bill, after “rocketing” through the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Senate , was due to land on the Governor’s desk, and WIRED Magazine is about to feature some great shots of Team Virgin at Spaceport America.
From Christine Anderson: “January has been an action packed month. We started out with our 18th vertical launch from the spaceport. We achieved a major milestone–we gave Virgin Galactic the keys to the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space on January 15 and correspondingly they started paying rent.”
Read the informed consent bill!
John Arthur Smith: “Our state has the opportunity to become a global leader in commercial space flight. Over the past five years, our state has invested over $200 million in taxpayer money to build the world class Spaceport America east of Truth or Consequences. Its purpose has been achieved – New Mexico is positioned to be the nation’s leader in space travel…”
Lookin’ good! (We’re talking to J. Crew, the model AND Spaceport America.) See all the photos of J. Crew at Spaceport America here!
Moderator Fred Martino conducted an interview with Virgin Galactic’s Mark Butler and Christine Anderson of Spaceport America on PBS / KRWG TV in Las Cruces.
Spaceport America has been namedone of the 25 coolest new buildings in the world by BusinessInsider.com
Ohio’s News-Herald visited Spaceport America in 2012. The entire article (which includes the video below) is here: http://bit.ly/spaceport-visit-2012
Keynote Speakers for the 2012 ISPCS: Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA; BG Gwen Bingham, U.S. Army, Commanding General, White Sands Missile Range; Robert Dickman, Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Roger Krone, President of Network and Space Systems, The Boeing Company; The Honorable Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico
The site of the Spaceport America Visitor / Welcome Center will be in “uptown” Truth or Consequences.
Do you fly on Virgin Galactic? If you do, here’s a reason to hang on to those frequent flyer miles! As reported in US News & World Report, Virgin Airlines Frequent Flyers can earn a ticket to fly to space from Spaceport America: Here’s a video outlining the details of the offer…after the commercial of […]
In July of 2012, Spaceport America debuted a new website and logo. We love it!
Spaceport America officials announced that they successfully launched the 10th rocket from the launch site 35 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences / Elephant Butte on April 6, 2012 at approximately 8:18am. The rocket reached an altitude of 73 miles or 385,640 feet – a new Spaceport America altitude record. The primary payloads were reportedly […]
Blog post from Virgin Galactic:”FAA Launch Permit Gives Virgin Galactic’s Space Vehicles the Green Light for Powered Flight“
Ashton Kutcher purchased the 500th ticket into space; news broke in March 2012. Read about it on the Richard Branson’s blog!
"Armadillo Aerospace launched its third STIG-A test rocket from Spaceport America to an altitude of about 50 miles (82 kilometers) on Jan. 28. A test of a balloon-parachute recovery system (“ballute”) was not fully successful, but the Armadillo team was nevertheless able to recover the vehicle. Armadillo says its next test launch will go beyond […]
Virgin Galactic’s video of the October 17, 2011 terminal hangar dedication at Spaceport America.
October 17, 2011 – Richard Branson dedicates the "Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space" (formerly known as the Spaceport America terminal hangar)
October 2011, from the National Geographic Channel’s MEGASTRUCTURES Series “Spaceport America: Welcome to the world’s first spaceport where runways take you to space“
August 29, 2011 blog post from SpaceRef.com: "Spaceport America Receives Repeat Federal Infrastructure Grant"
August 10, 2011 press release from the Virgin Galactic Website: “Nasa Selects Virgin Galactic for Suborbital Flights“
July 18, 2011 article from NPR: "No Stranger to Spaceships, NM Builds a Spaceport"
June 30, 2011 article from CNN: “Private Companies Hold the Key to Space Travel’s Future”
The media got its first look at the inside of SpaceShipTwo on March 30, 2011. See the article – which also includes a video of the reporter’s tour of the inside of the terminal hangar at Spaceport America – on the BBC website.
A photo of the Spaceport America terminal hangar facility during construction phase.
Christine Anderson, who got her background in space management during a 30-year stint with the Air Force, was appointed as the new Executive Director of the Spaceport Authority on February 28, 2012. a recently retired Air Force civilian with 30 years service Anderson, who recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after a 30-year civilian […]
Video from Spaceport America of the Runway Dedication on October 22, 2010.
From the Spaceport America website, an aerial shot of the Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Facility.
60 “Space Accredited” Travel Agents from around the world visited Southern NM in early October. This photo was taken at the Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Facility.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo “VSS ENTERPRISE” completes its first manned free flight:
Video from KRQE News 13 on Monday July 19, 2010.
The June 26, 2010 Denver Post Sunday edition featured a front-page article on Sierra County’s Spaceport America.
The New Mexico Tourism Commission visited Spaceport America in late May 2010. This photo is of the Terminal Hangar.
Aerial photograph of the Spaceport America Runway during construction phase AP PHOTO: Dick Woodsum
Spaceport America was featured in the New York Times in this article by Dan Barry: A New Exit to Space Readies for Business
Tours are being conducted to Spaceport America as construction allows. Cost is $59 per person; tour time is approximately 3 hours. Tours must be prebooked. This video about the tours aired on KRQE News 13:
Virgin Galactic rolled out SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first manned commercial spaceship, on December 7, 2009.
Three lunar lander launch pads were installed the week of June 22, 2009 at the future site of Spaceport America.
photo collages by Moshe Koenick