New Mexico has done a lot for the fledgling suborbital spaceflight industry, primarily by building a $200 million spaceport from which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture plans to begin taking paying passengers to the edge of space as soon as late 2013. To succeed, however, Spaceport America needs one more thing from the state: legislation to protect suppliers to companies like Virgin Galactic from lawsuits filed on behalf of customers killed or injured on suborbital flights.
Virgin Galactic and the Spaceship Company — Virgin’s joint venture with Scaled Composites to build the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane and its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft — announced April 30 they are seeking to fill a combined 18 positions.
A proposal in the New Mexico state legislature that would have prevented space travelers or their families from suing manufacturers of parts and equipment used in spaceflights died in committee Feb. 7, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
Spaceport America said Aug. 26 that it has received a federal grant for the second year in a row to help fund spaceport infrastructure at the southern New Mexico launch and landing facility.
Student-built experiments will have to wait until May 6 for a suborbital launch from New Mexico’s Spaceport America due to schedule conflicts among participants, organizers of the student launch event announced April 19.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A key figure in the development of New Mexico's Spaceport America has died.
The "build it and they will come" adage seems to be the real rocket fuel propelling New Mexico's bid to construct a sprawling spaceport near Upham in the southern part of the state.
The first official meeting of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority was held in Las Cruces Aug. 17 to begin establishment of the Southwest Regional Spaceport in New Mexico, which authority officials hope will serve as a major departure site for commercial space launches, including proposed passenger-carrying rockets offering suborbital and orbital treks.
Congress' desire for a new program office that will acquire small satellites -- and get them launched on short notice -- has spurred a vigorous behind-the-scenes debate about the best place to locate it.
With its first launch still scheduled for mid-May, New Mexico's fledgling commercial spaceport is the scene of a flurry of construction work.
UP Aerospace Inc. has set Aug. 14 as the official date for the first launch of its SpaceLoft XL rocket, an event that also will mark the inaugural flight from the New Mexico Spaceport, a site officials hope will become a new hub for space tourism and other commercial launches.
G olden, Colo. - The voters of Sierra County, N.M., approved an increase in local gross receipts tax to support the construction of Spaceport America, labeled as the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.