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Virgin Galactic’s Quest for Space (Washington Post)

Washington Post writes about Spaceport America

A November 2018 Washington Post article on Virgin Galactic’s “quest for space.”

UP Aerospace Completes Two Space Launches Within Five Days

UP Aerospace rocket at Spaceport America

On September 12 and 17 2018, UP Aerospace demonstrated their ability to fly sub-orbital launch vehicles in rapid succession.

Condé Nast: Virgin Galactic Just Made Its Second Successful Test Flight to Space

Virgin Galactic Just Made Its Second Successful Test Flight to Space

In its third journey with high-powered rockets (and 14th test flight overall), the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo hurtled into the Earth’s atmosphere at Mach 2.47, more than twice the speed of sound and much faster than it’s previous Mach 1.9.

Condé Nast Traveler: Space Tourism Reality Is a Bit Closer

Virgin Galactic logo

Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic hit major milestones, bringing future vacations in space a bit closer to reality.

Virgin Galactic Releases Update on New Mexico Spaceflight Operations (from KRWG Las Cruces)

KRWG Las Cruces

KRWG’s Michael Hernandez reports on Virgin Galactic’s April 2018 presentation to the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

What Virgin Galactic’s ‘Big Move’ Means for Commercial Space Travel

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

Virgin Galactic announced last week that it is planning a big move of its operations to Spaceport America in New Mexico next year. “We know you’ve waited a long time and we are coming.”

2017 Spaceport America Cup

Spaceport America Cup

The 2017 Spaceport America Cup is set for June 20 through 24, and will bring more teams than ever to compete.

USC’s Record Setter

USC Launches Rocket at Spaceport America, sets record

University of Southern California Rocket Propulsion Lab launch of Fathom II rocket at Spaceport America on March 4, 2017 to an altitude of 144,000 ft.

Spaceport America Relay Race April 8-9, 2017

runners in the Spaceport Relay

Teams of 12 runners will complete 36 legs between the El Paso Coliseum and Spaceport America.

Spaceport America Drone Summit Video

2016 Spaceport America Drone Summit

Video from the 2016 Spaceport America Drone Summit, held November 11-13.

Virgin to Test Its Spacecraft in 2016

Virgin Galactic Third Powered Flight January 2014

SpaceShipTwo will begin “glide flight testing” before the end of 2016, according to Virgin Galactic.

Spaceport America Names New Chief Executive Officer

Spaceport America Director Dan Hicks

Spaceport America’s new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Christine Anderson, is Dan Hicks. Hicks is a graduate of NMSU with a 34-year record at White Sands Missile Range.

Open House at Spaceport America Set for October 1, 2016

WhiteKnight2 replica at Spaceport America

Spaceport America will host another OPEN HOUSE event on October 1. It’s free to the public, but preregistration is required.

Spaceport America’s “Signature Event Series”

spaceport america featured in 3DR drone commercial

5 new events will be held at Spaceport America in 2016 and 2017. The Open House, Drone Summit, Spaceport America Mile, Spaceport America Relay Race and Spaceport America Cup will repeat annually.

Virgin Galactic: License is an “Important Milestone”

Virgin Galactic logo

“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 Guided Spaceport in Tough Time

Spaceport Executive Director Christine Anderson

“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 to Fly From Spaceport

Exos Aerospace

EXOS Aerospace Systems and Technologies plans to fly from the Spaceport over the next 5 years, according to a joint statement.

Adidas’ “Y-3” Creates Spacesuit Prototypes for Virgin Galactic

Adidas space apparel prototypes

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.

Turner Enterprises Teams Up with Spaceport America

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.

November 6 2015 UP Aerospace Launch Video

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

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).

November 6 Rocket Launch: You’re Invited!

rocket launched from Spaceport America reaches record altitude

Tickets are on sale now for a ride out to Spaceport America to watch an UpAerospace rocket launch!

Free Open House at Spaceport America

Photo opp with Richard Branson

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.

Editorial: High Caliber of Spaceport Talent Should Lift NM spirits

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 America and ARCA to jointly test Launch Vehicles and High Altitude UAVs

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

Spaceport officials announced in early September that ARCA Space Corporation will test its space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft at Spaceport America.

Smithsonian’s Top 25 Things to See

smithsonian - 25 new places to see

Spaceport America is third in a list of 25 places that need to be seen – from

How the Spaceport America Project Has Benefitted Local Students

student launch at Spaceport America

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.

3DR Solo Drone Commercial

spaceport america featured in 3DR drone commercial

Spaceport America provides an effective backdrop for a drone commercial

Valentine’s Day at Spaceport – Private “Pilots Fly-In”

Valentines Day fly-in to Spaceport America

The inaugural Private Pilots Fly-in Event marked the start of a recurring opportunity for private pilots to land at Spaceport America.

State of the Spaceport: January 2015 Newsletter from Christine Anderson

Spaceport America runway pre-lengthening

Director Christine Anderson on the state of Spaceport America in January of 2015.

Virgin Galactic + Grey Goose Vodka

YouTube video

Virgin Galactic has partnered with Gray Goose Vodka.

“Adventure’s Calling.”

Spaceport America - Adventure is Calling

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

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.

Spaceport America on Instagram

Instagram logo

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.

Spaceport America’s Award Winning Architecture

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 is Launching from Spaceport America

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Virgin Galactic & Spaceport America – Doing Business in New Mexico

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.

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.”

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 […]

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:

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.

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.”

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 travel…”

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 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:

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

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.

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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“

STIG-A Rocket Launch

Stig-A launch at Spaceport America

"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 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

August 29, 2011 blog post from "Spaceport America Receives Repeat Federal Infrastructure Grant"

Nasa Selects Virgin Galactic


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

NPR on Spaceport America

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.

Runway Dedication Ceremony

2010 Spaceport America runway dedication

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:

Spaceport America Terminal Hangar Under Construction

Spaceport Terminal Hangar under construction, 2010

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

AP photo by Dick Woodsum of the Spaceport America Runway

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

In February of 2010, Spaceport America was featured in the New York Times in an article by Dan Barry.

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's SpaceShipTwo

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 2006 Rocket Launch at Spaceport America

visitors to an early launch at the New Mexico Spaceport

photo collages by Moshe Koenick