The NM Spaceport Authority is pleased to offer public tours of Spaceport America.
FTS Tours, Inc., the official exclusive tour provider, will take you on a 3 hour journey that includes a briefing on the emerging commercial space industry, as well as the cultural and historical background of the area surrounding the Spaceport. The onsite portion of the tour will include the horizontal launch areas including the iconic Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building.
Tours are on Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
Times: 9am and 1pm (9am only on Sunday)
Tour Length: 3 hours
8:45am and 12:45pm Space Place Store 710 Highway 195 Elephant Butte NM 87935
8:30am and 12:30pm Holiday Inn Express 2201 F.G Amin St, Truth or Consequences, NM
Cost: $59 for Adults 18 and over, $49 for 13 - 17 and $29 for Children 12 and under
Reservations are required and minimum of three guests per tour.
For reservations please call 1-575-740-6894 or book online at www.ftstours.com/spaceport.htm
For more information about the Spaceport, go to: http://www.spaceportamerica.com/
NEWS from Spaceport America
Spaceport America’s 20th launch occurred on November 12. The launch was sponsored by NASA and allowed six payload developers the opportunity to fly their technologies.
NMSA’s Annual FAA Consulting Parties Meeting took place November 5. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the current status of cultural mitigation at the spaceport. We have 44 archeological sites on the main campus of the spaceport—some dating back 10,000 years. Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is critical to keeping the spaceport’s FAA License.
I also provided spaceport budget and status testimony to NM Legislative Committees in preparation for the Legislative Session in January.
We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website.
Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)
TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
CONSTRUCTION AND PRE-OPERATIONS UPDATE
NMSA is continuing to perform training and emergency drills at the Spaceport. NMSA is also working closely with SpaceX to ensure its move to the spaceport goes smoothly. The spaceport southern access road RFP is now scheduled for release in early January, pending final agreement on the design by Doña Ana County and Sierra County Managers.
Production on show content elements, such as media voiceovers, interpretive graphics and interactive games continues.
Behind-the-scenes Spaceport America website upgrades are now complete with a roll out scheduled by mid-December. The website is being streamlined to be more customer-friendly. It is also being refocused for a larger variety of spaceport customers in the areas of launch, events and tourism. The jobs section is also being improved to help prevent robot-spam entries.
The Albuquerque Journal, Socorro El Defensor Chieftain, Santa Fe New Mexican, Sierra County Sentinel and Las Cruces Bulletin newspapers were in attendance at the spaceport’s 20th launch. The media attendees were given an inaugural media tour of the interior of the Spaceport Operations Center which has just been completed.
We also hosted representatives from the national travel website “RoadTrippers.com” who are creating a special video on the spaceport for their travel site that will come out in the first quarter of next year.
NMSA had the pleasure of providing presentations to the Las Cruces AARP Chapter, the Deming Rotary Club and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.