Sierra County New Mexico

Home of Spaceport America

location of Spaceport America in southern New Mexico's Sierra County

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Sierra County's Spaceport America on Google Maps

Spaceport America on Google Maps

“Southern New Mexico’s combination of low population density, controlled air space, excellent launch trajectories, and more than 4,000 foot elevation provide all the natural elements needed to establish a permanent and lucrative spaceport. Combine these naturally occurring components with the vision of community and political leaders throughout the state, and the role of New Mexico as a leader in the space industry is assured.”

–from the Spaceport America website

TEMPORARY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER:

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway
Interpretive & Visitor Center

529 N. Broadway
Truth or Consequences
Open Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm.

Spaceport America
Preview Tours to New Mexico’s Spaceport America
are now running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Spaceport tour map / learn more about the Spaceport Tours


SPACEPORT NEWS


Virgin Galactic + Grey Goose Vodka

YouTube video

Virgin Galactic has partnered with Gray Goose Vodka.

Gray Goose will “bring the journey to life through a range of experiences, exclusive content and a series of promotions,” including sponsorship of early flights out of Spaceport America, among other things.

(Source: http://www.virgin.com/travel/grey-goose-joins-virgin-galactic-ahead-of-the-first-commercial-space-flight)

“Adventure’s Calling.”

Spaceport America - Adventure is Calling

Four friends will win Land Rover’s Galactic Discovery competition which ends on November 21. … Read more »

Amazing Cool Video of Virgin Galactic’s Third Powered Flight

Virgin Galactic Third Powered Flight January 2014

Video of Virgin Galactic’s Third Powered Flight, which occurred on January 14, 2014.

New Mexico True TV Tours Spaceport America

girl running on the Spaceport America runway

New Mexico True TV Tours Spaceport America as part of a new televised series…. Read more »

Spaceport America on Instagram

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Beauty of a shot of the Gateway to Space at Spaceport America on Instagram. Photo by isaac.herrera.

Reuters: Beautiful Photos + Story on Spaceport and T or C

Reuters News Agency visits Spaceport America

Wonderful photos of Spaceport America and Truth or Consequences, the town that sits 35 miles northwest of the facility…. Read more »

Suppliers Needed at Spaceport America by Virgin Galactic

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

Virgin Galactic seeks needed services at New Mexico’s Spaceport America NOW! Vending machines, shuttle bus, staff catering, office supplies. Problem-solvers please respond! … Read more »

Spaceport America’s Award Winning Architecture

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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…. Read more »

Lady Gaga is Launching from Spaceport America

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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…. Read more »

SpaceX President COO Gwynne Shotwell Delivers Keynote at ISCPCS

Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX at ISPCS

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…. Read more »

Spaceport America is Ahead of the Curve

near-space balloon

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…. Read more »

October 9 Spaceport Launch Postponed…

Government Shut Down hurting Sierra County

The launch set for October 9 at Spaceport America has been cancelled due to the government shut down. … Read more »

October Newsletter Brings News of the 20th Launch from Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic logo

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…. Read more »

Draft ISPCS 2013 Conference Scheduled Released

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

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…. Read more »

Registration Is Open For ISCPS 2013

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space Flight

ISPCS reports that registration is open for its 2013 (October 16 & 17) conference…. Read more »

Spaceport America Runway Extension Complete!

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

As of the July 1 newsletter from Spaceport America, the runway extension is finished, extended length totals 12,000 feet…. Read more »

June 21 Launch from Spaceport America

UP Aerospace SpaceLoft-7

“Fine weather and on-time.” Jerry Larson of UP Aerospace described the most recent Spaceport America launch as a success all the way around…. Read more »

Press Junket for Shyamalan’s Sci Fi Film “After Earth” at Spaceport America

AfterEarth-SpaceportAmerica

Jaden and Will Smith visited Southern New Mexico in May, as part of a press junket for their new movie “After Earth.”… Read more »

Spaceport Tour Operator “Follow The Sun” Opens in Elephant Butte

Follow The Sun Tours

Follow The Sun, current operators for Spaceport America’s Preview Tours, have opened up shop in Elephant Butte NM…. Read more »

The Amazing SpaceX Grasshopper!

Grasshopper by SpaceX, the newest tenant at Spaceport America

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.
Read more »

Fourteen Great Quotes from Richard Branson

14 great quotes from Sir Richard Branson

“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. … Read more »

Fire Truck at Spaceport America

Fire Truck at Spaceport America

Someone sent us this photo of a Fire Truck at Spaceport America, just because it looks cool. … Read more »

The Latest from Sir B: Seat-to-Seat Messaging on VA

Richard Branson offers seat-to-seat messaging on Virgin Airlines

The skies just got a little friendlier with “Seat-to-Seat” messaging system, a new feature offered on many Virgin America Airlines flights…. Read more »

Virgin Galactic & Spaceport America – Doing Business in New Mexico

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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’ Enthusiasm for Spaceport Pays Off

Raton New Mexico

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…. Read more »

Done Deal – Governor Martinez Signs Informed Consent Bill

Governor Martinez signs Informed Consent Bill at Spaceport America

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.”… Read more »

Video from KVIA News, El Paso on New Mexico’s Spaceport

KVIA news on Spaceport America

Video on developments at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, as shared on IDEAS Orlando’s YouTube channel:

Supercars 2013: Ecurie25 comes to Spaceport America

Supercars coming to Spaceport America

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 down the runway!

more info

The Effects of Space Travel: Cosmic Shift Accelerator?

cosmic shift accelerator: space travel

Check out this video of former astronauts describing the psychological effects of space travel.

Source: Upworthy.com

Green Light on Informed Consent | Virgin Galactic in WIRED

Virgin Galactic in WIRED magazine

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…. Read more »

Spaceport Newsletter

Spaceport Executive Director Christine Anderson

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 more »

NM Senate Bill 240 – Informed Consent

Informed Consent Bill

Read the informed consent bill!

A Letter from Senator John Arthur Smith

Senator John Arthur Smith

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… Read more »

J. Crew at Spaceport America

JCrew photo shoot at Spaceport America

Lookin’ good! (We’re talking to J. Crew, the model AND Spaceport America.)

See all the photos of J. Crew at Spaceport America here!

Informed Consent: Spaceport America on PBS

KRWG program on Spaceport America

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 – One of the Year’s 25 Coolest Buildings

Sierra County New Mexico's Spaceport America at dawn

Spaceport America has been namedone of the 25 coolest new buildings in the world by BusinessInsider.com… Read more »

Spaceport Tour 2012 – a Visit to Spaceport America

Tour Spaceport America

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

2012 International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight

International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Space Flight

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
Read more »

Site Chosen for Spaceport America Welcome Center!

a conceptual rendering of the Visitor / Welcome Center for Spaceport America, soon to be located in Truth or Consequences NM

The site of the Spaceport America Visitor / Welcome Center will be in “uptown” Truth or Consequences…. Read more »

Virgin’s Frequent Flyers Can Win A Ticket to Space!

Virgin Airlines offers chance to win a ticket to space

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 course!

Spaceport America Debuts a New Logo & Website

Spaceport America logo

In July of 2012, Spaceport America debuted a new website and logo. We love it!… Read more »

Rocket Reaches Record Altitude

rocket launched from Spaceport America reaches record altitude

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 Department of Defense experiments. Additional payloads were carried for the Federal… Read more »

Virgin Galactic Gets Green Light for Powered Flight

Virgin Galactic logo

Blog post from Virgin Galactic:”FAA Launch Permit Gives Virgin Galactic’s Space Vehicles the Green Light for Powered Flight

Ashton Kutcher Buys a Ticket to Space

Soon-to-be Space Traveler Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher purchased the 500th ticket into space; news broke in March 2012. Read about it on the Richard Branson’s blog!

STIG-A Rocket Launch

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"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 62 miles (100 kilometers), the boundary of outer space."… Read more »

Virgin Galactic Video: Dedicating the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space

Gateway to Space dedication

Virgin Galactic’s video of the October 17, 2011 terminal hangar dedication at Spaceport America.

“Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space” Terminal Hangar Dedication

Richard Branson dedicating Gateway to Space

October 17, 2011 – Richard Branson dedicates the "Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space" (formerly known as the Spaceport America terminal hangar)

Spaceport America Featured in National Geographic’s “Megastructure” Series

Spaceport America

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

Federal Grant Obtained for Spaceport America Infrastructure

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August 29, 2011 blog post from SpaceRef.com: "Spaceport America Receives Repeat Federal Infrastructure Grant"

Nasa Selects Virgin Galactic

NASA

August 10, 2011 press release from the Virgin Galactic Website: “Nasa Selects Virgin Galactic for Suborbital Flights

NPR on Spaceport America

NPR.org

July 18, 2011 article from NPR: "No Stranger to Spaceships, NM Builds a Spaceport"

CNN Visits Spaceport America

CNN on Spaceport America

June 30, 2011 article from CNN: “Private Companies Hold the Key to Space Travel’s Future

BBC Video – Virgin Galactic, Inside the Spaceship

Virgin Galactic Third Powered Flight January 2014

BBC: Inside SpaceShipTwo

BBC on Spaceport America

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.

Terminal Hangar Facility in March 2011

Spaceport's Terminal Hangar Looking Good!

A photo of the Spaceport America terminal hangar facility during construction phase.

Christine Anderson, New Director of Spaceport America

Spaceport Executive Director Christine Anderson


Christine Anderson was appointed as the new Executive Director of the Spaceport Authority on February 28, 2012.

 

Read the press release on the Spaceport website.

 

Runway Dedication Ceremony

Video from Spaceport America of the Runway Dedication on October 22, 2010.

Terminal Hangar Facility Takes Shape

From the Spaceport America website, an aerial shot of the Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Facility.

Space-Accredited Travel Agents Visit New Mexico

Space Accredited Travel Agents come from all over the world to visit Spaceport America

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.

First Manned Free Flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo “VSS ENTERPRISE” completes its first manned free flight:

KRQE News 13 coverage of Spaceport Construction

Video from KRQE News 13 on Monday July 19, 2010.

Denver Post Article on Spaceport America

Denver Post on Spaceport America

The June 26, 2010 Denver Post Sunday edition featured a front-page article on Sierra County’s Spaceport America.

Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Under Construction

The New Mexico Tourism Commission visited Spaceport America in late May 2010.

This photo is of the Terminal Hangar.

 

Spaceport America Runway Under Construction, March 2010

Aerial photograph of the Spaceport America Runway during construction phase

AP PHOTO: Dick Woodsum

New York Times Article on New Mexico’s Spaceport America

New York Times on Spaceport America

Spaceport America was featured in the New York Times in this article by Dan Barry:
A New Exit to Space Readies for Business

Hard Hat Tours to Spaceport America

hard hat tours

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’s SpaceShipTwo Roll-Out

Virgin Galactic rolled out SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first manned commercial spaceship, on December 7, 2009.

Lunar Launch Pads at Spaceport America

lunar launch pads at Spaceport America

Three lunar lander launch pads were installed the week of June 22, 2009 at the future site of Spaceport America.

Photos from a 2007 Rocket Launch at Spaceport America

visitors to an early launch at the New Mexico Spaceport

photo collages by Moshe Koenick