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
Happy Spring! The trees are starting to bloom in southern New Mexico. We are continuing our all-hands training in anticipation of increased flight activity shortly. We are revamping our Visitor Experience (see below) and working with the county to begin construction on the long awaited southern access road to the Spaceport, now that the legislature has provided additional funding. Late breaking news, we were just informed that the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space building was awarded the 2014 Jeff Harnar Contemporary Architecture Award. Congratulations to SMPC Architects of Albuquerque and the entire design team.
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
The team also participated in more table top drills to better prepare for all contingencies and is continuing to work with launch customers to facilitate future flight activity.
CONSTRUCTION AND PRE-OPERATIONS UPDATE
SpaceX continues to perform site infrastructure development for the Falcon 9R launch program. Virgin Galactic is working on the interior fit-out of the Gateway building.
The Spaceport Southern Access Road design is undergoing the final revisions by Doña Ana County in coordination with Sierra County. This road is an essential route to the spaceport from southern locations like Las Cruces or El Paso. NMSA continues to hold $8.1M for the first phase of the road construction. The New Mexico legislature approved in this session an additional $6.4M. Doña Ana County is planning to release the request for proposals shortly once final approval is provided by the BLM and State Land Office.
The month of February featured a lot of media coverage for Spaceport America due to the New Mexico Legislative session. Christine Anderson gave several interviews with multiple media outlets including a Santa Fe radio station (KSFR-FM), the Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Business First and the Las Cruces Sun-News.
The spaceport recently hosted media tours for Swedish Daily News, Svenska Dagblade, and the Dutch newspaper, de Volkskrant. USA TODAY had a nice write-up in February on the Spaceport America Preview Tours by Follow the Sun. The spaceport tour will also be featured on the Albuquerque KASA TV morning travel segment soon. A feature story on the spaceport’s futuristic looking architecture will be appearing in an upcoming issue of The Architect's Newspaper.