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
March was another busy month for us. We are preparing to bring onboard more firefighters and IT personnel as we ramp up operations. We will also be releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new spaceport front entrance and guard station to replace our temporary trailer. Lastly, Doña Ana County is planning to release the long awaited RFP for the southern road improvements in early May. We are really looking forward to the road being completed as soon as possible.
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
With respect to Virgin Galactic, the technical team has been refining the Airfield Operations Plan. Recently, the three-party Letter of Agreement (Virgin Galactic-FAA Albuquerque Center-Spaceport America) that is required by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation was finalized.
CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE
Virgin Galactic has started its fit out construction activities for the Gateway facility at Spaceport America.
Doña Ana County is planning to release the RFP for the southern access road construction in early May.
NMSA will be releasing an RFP shortly for the construction of a new spaceport front entrance and security station, replacing the existing temporary trailer.
Follow the Sun Tours that operates tours to the spaceport on the weekends has opened an office in Sierra County and has hired two additional employees from Sierra County and is still in recruitment mode. Contact them if you are interested.
Currently, NMSA has 20 personnel working full time at the spaceport site and 9 personnel working off site. The majority are residents of Sierra and Doña Ana Counties. NMSA is also planning to hire additional staff in the General Support Services and IT areas in early summer. The spaceport’s Protective Service contractor, Fiore Industries, is also hiring eight additional spaceport firefighters. NMSA also relies on a variety of additional personnel working part time.
Virgin Galactic recently held a supplier seminar in Sierra County providing a list of needed services. Check out the City of T or C website for additional information.
A feature story on the spaceport’s futuristic new buildings appeared in a recent issue of The Architect's Newspaper. The caption next to the picture of the Gateway building was particularly exciting, “Boldly Go!”
In addition, the Gateway is receiving an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Honors Award at the ACEC 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards Ceremony in Washington DC at the end of April. Congratulations to URS and its team, NMSA’s architectural contractor for the Gateway building.
Christine Anderson did a major sit down interview with NBC Science Correspondent Alan Boyle. We look forward to seeing Alan’s story profiling Spaceport America and its tenants, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.
Anderson also had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at the UNM Anderson School of Management annual awards banquet. The theme was “lift-off” and the speech focused on just that! Over 650 people attended.
NMSA gave a presentation to the southern New Mexico Lockheed Martin group and provided site tours to the New Mexico Economic Partnership and the New Mexico Department of Transportation.