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Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America Operations teams welcomed WhiteKnightTwo back to the clear blue skies of New Mexico on Monday.

Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo was put through the paces this week as the pilots, ground and mission control crewmembers performed numerous ground and air exercises in preparation for future commercial space flights.

Yesterday, Virgin Galactic simulated all elements of a mission including rollout of the vehicle, flight preparation, take off and release from high altitude. After the simulated release, WhiteKnightTwo flew a simulated spaceship return profile and then performed several practice touch and goes before landing.
“Preparing the commercial operations crew and WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve at Spaceport America is an important milestone on the road to commercial human spaceflight service. It was helpful to work alongside local air traffic controllers in New Mexico and to conduct exercises in New Mexico airspace. We look forward to returning to our future home at Spaceport America.” – George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic (Photo courtesy of Robin Zielinski/Las Cruces Sun-News)
George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic
“This is a very important step along the journey to the first flight of the Virgin Galactic commercial spaceline, You cannot over train or over exercise. Nothing is taken for granted.” – Christine Anderson, CEO, Spaceport America
Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America crewmembers following completion of flight exercises
We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at +1 (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
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Spaceport America, NM – April 13, 2016 – Engineering students from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology were on site Saturday, April 9th to launch their latest rocket production. The rocked was designed, built, tested and launched to an altitude of just over 2 miles by the University’s NM Rocket Club. The launch itself was streamed live via the Spaceport America Periscope channel with 120 viewers from around the world.

“New Mexico Tech students exhibited a high level of professionalism which will serve them well later in the industry.”
– Dr. Bill Gutman, Director of Aerospace Operations

Discovery Education , the Southeastern New Mexico Educational Resource, Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic and Las Cruces Public Schools invited school district and STEM leaders from across New Mexico to participate in an innovative STEM thought leadership and professional development experience April 11-12. Day one was held at Spaceport America focusing on six learning centers where Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic crew members presented different STEM job opportunities in the aerospace industry. Day two included STEM Immersions for the educators/attendees and a tour of the Las Cruces Public Schools Challenger Learning Center. Educators from all over the State of New Mexico as far north as Aztec and as far south as Jal traveled to participate in this milestone STEM event.

We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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Spaceport America and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas, announced this week a five year launch partnership for their Suborbital Active Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) vehicle.

EXOS plans to target research, pharmaceutical and medical markets, as well as the NASA Flight Opportunities program for suborbital technology demonstration payloads. The company expects to host their first NASA payload in late 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with Spaceport America. We look forward to providing the affordability, fast scheduling time, and immediate recovery our customers require; and no other launch site on Earth offers the same combination of geography, proximity, multiple launch capability, and affordability as Spaceport America. We plan to establish a permanent presence in New Mexico after completing a series of demonstration flights beginning later this year.” – David Mitchell, EXOS CEO

EXOS is now accepting launch manifest requests for the 2016 calendar year and targeting payload customers who want to “fly now,” rather than a year from now, and require minutes of micro G time with prompt access to their payload. To secure a launch and discuss payloads contact EXOS at services@EXOSaero.com.

EXOS is the first company to benefit from Spaceport America and MARS Scientific’s (MARS) new First Flight First Sight* promotion which includes a waived Spaceport America user fee for the first launch of a new customer’s flight campaign, coupled with MARS Scientific telescopic imaging and optical tracking at nominal cost.

*Terms and conditions apply
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Spaceport America and MARS Scientific (MARS), the USA’s civilian leader in telescopic spacecraft tracking and imaging, this week announced a new partnership to make the entry into the sub-orbital space business easier and more affordable, called First Flight First Sight*.

Spaceport America will waive the user fee for the first launch of a new customer’s flight campaign and MARS is pleased to add nominal cost pricing for telescopic imaging and optical tracking for the first flight.
“We are excited to partner with Spaceport America in support of emerging commercial space companies. Our large, high-resolution telescopic tracking systems provide unique vehicle imagery and in-flight data that are critically important for space vehicle performance verification and validation during the initial product development cycle.” – Faith Dantowitz, CEO, MARS Scientific.
First Flight First Sight is targeted at both established aerospace test and evaluation, research and development operators, as well as new, emerging players in the industry, including corporate and academic users. The promotion is designed to encourage new business and reduce barriers to entry for first-time customers at Spaceport America.

*Terms and conditions apply. Qualified flight campaigns are those that possess an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) license, waiver or permit, meet Spaceport America’s environmental requirements, and that can be operated and recovered safely.

Spaceport America will formally announce the First Flight First Sight Program at Space Access 2016, April 7-9 in Phoenix, Arizona. Interested customers should reach out to aerospace@spaceportamerica.com.
We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at +1 (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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Spaceport America, NM – April 4, 2016 – Crew members from Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic opened the doors to the world’s first purpose-built spaceport on Saturday to welcome more than 1,700 guests from across the country. Some flew in, others drove in, and others around the world were able to tune in via the Spaceport America Periscope broadcast that was also trending. Eighty-six crew members from the New Mexico Civil Air Patrol were on hand to support the activities happening on the ground.

“Thank you@Spaceport_NM for the great open house event! Glad the public had access to the great work you guys are doing.” – Guest

In addition to the crowds surrounding Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Replica, guests enjoyed learning about the latest developments in commercial space at the Space Cinema. ARCA Space CEO, Dumitru Popescu was also on hand for Q&A with the crowd. Dr. Bill’s interactive Rocket Science Workshops were a big hit among young and old alike. And guests had the opportunity to be inside the amazing terminal hangar which will soon be filled with WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo.

Outside guests enjoyed a selection of delicious coffees from Milagros Coffee y Espresso truck, tasty treats from Paradise Shaved Ice, and space themed concoctions from the Milky Way Café food truck. The Space Art painting activity was a favorite among our younger guests. The fire-fighting demonstrations put on by Spaceport America’s Fire Fighting team were popular across all the generations. Getting to explore all the different types of aircraft out on Spaceport America’s 15 acre apron and interacting with the 36 pilots who flew in was also popular.

The weather was spectacular, making for an all round wonderful day! Spaceport America’s next open house will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Registration is open https://www.spaceportamerica.com/openhouse.
We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Chris Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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Spaceport America, NM – March 29, 2016 – Alongside, his many responsibilities as Director of Aerospace at Spaceport America, Dr. Bill Gutman made the commitment to spend some time each week since September 2015, to interact and inspire approximately 1,979 sixth grade students across both Doña Ana and Sierra counties.

In cooperation with the Las Cruces Public Schools Challenger Learning Center, Dr. Bill provided the sixth grade science classes with a virtual tour of Spaceport America’s mission control. This was followed by questions and answers about the daily running of a commercial spaceport. The next week, the same sixth grade science classes participated in a mission at the new Las Cruces Public Schools Challenger Learning Center.

“These students are what the spaceport is really all about—opportunity for the next generation. It is truly exciting to see the enthusiasm of the students and their unbounded curiosity.”
Dr. Bill Gutman, Spaceport America Director of Aerospace Operations

Since January 2016, Dr. Gutman has visited sixth grade science classrooms to conduct various interactive demonstrations on the basic physical principles of rocket-science prior to the class going on their second Challenger Learning Center mission this academic year.
We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

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Spaceport America, NM – March 22, 2016 – Spaceport America was represented last week at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas to attract filmmakers to our state.

Filmmakers tell us that Spaceport America is the perfect site to shoot or simulate life on Mars or the rugged desert of Afghanistan and the perfect place for an Old Western film set. Why?

· Picturesque, one-of-a-kind scenery
· 360 degree unobstructed views
· Dark night skies, absent of artificial light
· 24/7 Security

Old West movie sets across New Mexico are booked extensively for the next few years, so if you are a member of the film industry keep us in mind!

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We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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Spaceport America, NM – March 16, 2016 – Silicon Valley Magazine recently visited Spaceport America to learn more about our new partnership with Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX) and the launch of the Spaceport America Immersion Excursion. The Spaceport America Immersion Excursion is a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. For a one-of-a-kind experience, guests can opt to land their private aircraft at 9NM9 spaceway 16-34, Spaceport America’s two-mile-long spaceway designed to accommodate all types of space and air vehicles known to humankind. Alternatively, expert TTX adventure guides can arrange for helicopter transport or drive guests to the Spaceport America destination.

“We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Spaceport America to offer our Ted Turner Expeditions guests in New Mexico this exclusive opportunity to virtually explore space,” said Ted Turner, founder of Ted Turner Expeditions. “The Immersion Excursion tour is a natural and exciting add-on for our guests who visit this beautiful part of the Southwest to escape and indulge their curiosity about the natural world.”

Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX) in New Mexico offers unique adventures tailored to deliver insightful and exhilarating experiences at four locales: Turner’s Ladder, Armendaris and Vermejo ranches and Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa. Each well-appointed property reflects its surrounding geography and its area’s rich history. The close proximity of Spaceport America to the Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa and the Armendaris and Ladder ranches present a serendipitous opportunity for this exclusive partnership.

To book a tour or to learn more about Ted Turner Expeditions and the Spaceport America Immersion Excursion, call 877-2TURNER or go to http://tedturnerexpeditions.com/expeditions/.

We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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Spaceport America, NM – March 8, 2016 – TC Motion, a motion communications content provider serving advertising agencies, broadcasters and global brands were on-site at Spaceport America last week.

Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the 18 member crew worked with New Mexico-based equipment providers and hired local extras who were featured in the product commercial.

“Spaceport America is a spectacular film venue and the light in New Mexico is superb. We were treated better than if we were on a Hollywood production set.” – Max Zug, TC Motion Director

Spaceport America, of course well-known as an aerospace launch site, is attracting increasing attention as a venue to support brands, organizations, location scouts, filmmakers, experiential marketers and event planners. See www.gatewaytospace.com for more information.

We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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Spaceport America, NM – March 1, 2016 – Spaceport America, will be hosting an open house event free to the public on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic crewmembers are looking forward to sharing an inside view into the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport with friends, neighbors and space enthusiasts from New Mexico and afar. The program includes hands-on fun and educational activities and demonstrations at the horizontal launch area. There will also be a raffle for some guests to tour the Spaceport America Experience and ride the G-shock simulator.

Aviators from New Mexico Chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the New Mexico Pilots Association will also be participating in a fly-in so that guests will be able to engage with the pilots and their aircraft during the Open House.

Members of the media are welcome to attend. Please contact: Tammara Anderton, at 575-649-5467 or email media@spaceportamerica.com.

Reservations are required to join in the Spaceport America Open House. The first 800 personal vehicles registered will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis via the Spaceport America website https://www.spaceportamerica.com/openhouse/. Vehicles must have at least two passengers and no more than eight.

400 personal vehicles will be allowed to drive in and park inside the Spaceport America site from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The second wave of 400 personal vehicles will be allowed to drive in from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regional food vendors with food trucks are also urged to apply to participate at the Spaceport America Open House on April 2, 2016 via https://www.spaceportamerica.com/openhouse/

Reservations are required: https://www.spaceportamerica.com/openhouse/

Food vendor applications: https://www.spaceportamerica.com/openhouse/

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http://www.lascrucescvb.org/places-to-stay/

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We thank you for your continued support of Spaceport America. For more information, please contact me at (575) 267-8500, or by email to Christine.Anderson@spaceportamerica.com

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America