Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA (15th August 2019): Virgin Galactic today revealed the first look at the interior fit-out of its Gateway to Space building at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The work completed showcased two floors of the building primarily focused on spaceflight operations, which also incorporates communal spaces designed for use in the future by Virgin Galactic customers, along with their friends and families. Completion of this interior work means the spaceport facility is now operationally functional and able to support Virgin Galactic’s flight requirements.

One of the hallmarks of the Virgin brand for over nearly half a century has been the use of inspired and bold design to transform customer experiences. It is an ethos that has been successfully applied across industrial sectors and design disciplines. From aircraft cabins to hotel bedrooms and from fitness classes to bank accounts.

Virgin Galactic has striven to remain faithful to that tradition by choosing an elegant, experience-focused concept for the space launch system itself. Similarly, the company’s choice to operate from Spaceport America in New Mexico was due in no small part to the state’s decision to commission landmark architecture for the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. The Foster + Partners Gateway to Space facility pays homage to the past in its respect for the ancient surrounding landscape while powerfully embracing the future through energy efficiency and sustainability. It was also specifically designed to enable Virgin Galactic to create an unparalleled experience as its customers prepare for journeys of a lifetime before graduating as astronauts.

The first floor is focused on our home planet, and is named Gaia, representing the point of departure and return, as well as the purpose of each astronaut’s journey. The color palettes and the use of natural materials aims to bring the stunning landscape which surrounds Spaceport inside. The floor design, furniture and fittings promote social interaction and human discourse – a sense of togetherness and unity. An elevated, interactive digital walkway will heighten the departure experience for the Future Astronauts and their friends and family as they set out from Spaceport to VSS Unity on the day of flight. The Earth-focused design will provide a fitting welcome to those newly-graduated astronauts returning from space with a new appreciation and understanding of our home planet.

Gaia is subtly and unobtrusively zoned into practical, formal and informal spaces which will host the space operations team, Future Astronauts and their family and friends. It serves as the social hub of the building, where everyone is part of the Virgin Galactic family; Future Astronauts will share breakfast with spaceship pilots, grab coffee with rocket engineers and pass the time of day with the team from Mission Control.

The focal point of Gaia is the Barista Island, a central bar made of back-lit Italian marble hovering above hand-crafted oak providing a social hub for our hospitality team to engage with guests and staff. Spaceflight preparation will unite our teams with our Future Astronauts in the pursuit of a common purpose. The Barista Island within Gaia will help to foster that sense of camaraderie and the determination to deliver each Future Astronauts’ personal mission.

The second floor is named Cirrus, representing light, air and flight. It is the beating heart of spaceflight operations, and is connected to the community hub of Gaia below through a double height atrium. The color palette graduates from the earthy tones below in Gaia to lighter white and grey shades, reflecting the skies beyond and providing a clean environment supporting operational focus.

This area is home to Mission Control, the Mission Briefing Room, the Pilot Corps and the rest of the Flight Operations team.

Mission Control enjoys a dedicated space which allows focus on flight operations. Outside this space, the Flight Operations team and the pilots are positioned to give an unrestricted view of ground operation areas including the apron and runway.

Virgin Galactic’s space fleet will be housed in the Gateway to Space hangar which is already home to VMS Eve. This huge expanse in the middle of the building is large enough to accommodate two carrier aircraft, each with a wingspan of 140 ft along with five SpaceShipTwo vehicles.

The unveiling of Gaia and Cirrus brings to life a beautiful, world-first and world-class facility and means that Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space is now functionally operational – ready to host the remaining portion of Virgin Galactic’s test flight program before welcoming its very first Future Astronauts.

Spaceport America is pleased to announce a new space company coming to New Mexico —  SpinLaunch. An addition of 20 new jobs will be added locally, as well as investment by SpinLaunch of $7 million in construction capital and $1 million in local infrastructure development for the company.

Texas firm completes successful “tie down test flight” of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) at the Caddo Mills, TX. Airport.

 

Spaceport America, NM and Caddo Mills, TX – January 23, 2018Spaceport America, America’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas, announce significant progress towards launch of their newest vehicle, the Suborbital Active Rocket with GuidancE, or SARGE.

EXOS has completed the design and build of their latest platform and completed a fully integrated hot fire testing in December. Additionally EXOS Aerospace is expecting the FAA/AST launch license determination by Feb 14th 2018. The testing and license progress marks major milestones achieved. The recent acceptance testing connected all systems required for flight, and in full launch operations, fired the rocket engine using steel cables to hold the rocket to the test pad. The engine produced about 5500 lbs. of thrust. The EXOS test and evaluation process validates the full integration of hardware, software and human procedural interface from one test facility.

“It is great to see such an innovative privately funded company entering these final phases of testing before launch of the EXOS SARGE vehicle at Spaceport America,” said Daniel Hicks, Spaceport America CEO. “This test will bring them one step closer to regular commercial launches and ultimately tenancy and planned O&M activities that can create new high tech jobs in New Mexico.”

“We are excited to move two critical steps closer to launches at Spaceport America,” said John Quinn, the EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technology Inc COO. “We look forward to enabling space research, manufacturing, and educational opportunities for the world by providing frequent flights that provide fast and affordable access to Space. Since the 36-foot tall 20 inch diameter SARGE rocket is designed for reusability, its robust design is built to test by simulated test flying just 10-15 feet off the ground”. This testing has proven key to validating the systems functionality and reliability over the last 12 months as EXOS has completed three evolutionary design cycles of their engine technology. SARGE will be using NASA’s Morpheus flight code (acquired through a Space Act Agreement) that was modified by a team of scientists from EXOS, Intuitive Machine, C-Squared, Helios and XISP Inc.

Want to know more and have an opportunity to speak with EXO’s COO in person? Join them at the 2018 Air Force Contracting Summit in Destin-Miramar Beach, FL on January 29-30. This national defense conference will feature a major presentation by EXOS. The Summit is produced by the Defense Leadership Forum:  www.defenseleadershipforum.org/airforcecontractingsummit#!

 

What’s next for Exos? 

Hover testing– Much like our teams history with a lunar lander development and test project for NASA, the final testing of the SARGE platform will do a vertical takeoff and landing. The hover test will include a vertical takeoff at low engine power (eliminating the need for tie down straps), a hover test that includes using gimbal action to move around the pad, an Attitude Control System (ACS) to point and rotate the rocket, followed by a smooth descent back to the pad (once fully tuned). Successful completion of this testing and tuning is the final step in validation prior to launch.

 

About EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc.

EXOS is a leading developer of suborbital reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas. EXOS provides affordable, repeatable, and reliable commercial spaceflight with accelerated turnaround for re-flight. Our payload customers are those who want to “fly now,” rather than a year from now, who need minutes of micro-Gravity time, and prompt access to their flown payload. EXOS is booking payloads now and has SPACE available. EXOS also does a ‘Wet Leasing’ of a SARGE vehicle for an extended research campaign. Contact us for more details via the contact us link at www.Exosaero.com.

 

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, 340 beautiful days of sunshine, low humidity– all at a 4,600 foot altitude to add to our customers’ launch capacities. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, Boeing, ULA, UP Aerospace and EXOS. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information.

 

 

Media Contact for Spaceport America                                             

Rosa Banuelos
Spaceport America
+1.575.202.4524
media@spaceportamerica.com

 

Media Contact for EXOS 

Lizi Gregory
EXOS
+1.844.289.2773
LGregory@EXOSaero.com

 

 

Spaceport America, NM – November 9, 2017 – Spaceport America announced the launch today of the first Mustang 6A rocket which was built by The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) Rocket Team in collaboration

Mustang 6A Rocket Launch, November 4, 2017, Spaceport America (Photo: J. Perry, Launch Crew, White Sands Research and Developers, LLC)

with White Sands Research and Developers, LLC (WSRDs).

The launch of the Mustang 6A, designed to reach an apogee of 24,000 feet, took place Saturday morning from Spaceport America’s north Lunar Launch Pad. The mission was an operational success and accomplished most of the mission objectives, which involved testing of several newly designed and innovative subsystems. These custom-designed subsystems performed according to design and the payload section was recovered fully intact. The rocket, however, did not attain its intended apogee.

Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America, summed it up, “We are proud of the New Mexico Tech team and its student members for their recent launch effort on November 4th at Spaceport America. We are pleased to work with these fine examples of the next generation of space industry engineers and scientists.”

(Photo by Dr. C. Lohn, WSRDs’ President and Launch Crew Member) The mission patch was designed by Chip Wyly and Lenora Jaramillo-Wyly. It utilizes symbols from the logos of WSRDs (Zia-enclosed Mach cone) and NMT (M-Mountain), and depicts the Mustang rocket heading towards Polaris, the North Star, which is used to verify alignment of the launch rail and meteorological equipment

The launch took place at 07:35 AM (MDT), only 4 minutes after the planned launch time of 7:31AM MDT (sunrise). The mission window actually would have allowed launch until nearly 11:00 AM MDT. Dr. Christina Lohn, WSRDs’ CEO remarked, “This mission took enormous preparation by WSRDs’ launch crew and the NMT rocket team, but it really paid off with a smooth operation under changing weather conditions.”

The current mission was the third NMT rocket launch hosted at Spaceport America, and each group of students has been welcomed and supported by the spaceport crew. This team reached the highest operational level yet in terms of safety, proficiency, adherence to schedule, and professionalism. Dr. Lohn, added, “We want to thank the Spaceport America staff and its Protective Services contractor, who were very helpful throughout the preparations, up to and including active participation in our Mission Readiness Review and Mission Dress Rehearsal.”

 

 

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340+ days of sunshine and low humidity. With 40 vertical launches *doesn’t include 60 student launches conducted during the Spaceport America Cup and 8 horizontal missions to date, some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace, EXOS Aerospace, and Pipeline2Space. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information. Spaceport America is #NewMexicoTRUE.

 

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“Rocket Fever!” was everywhere last week at Spaceport America in New Mexico

Spaceport America Cup 2017 Cup Team Photo

The world’s largest rocket engineering competition motivated university students from six continents to extend themselves beyond the classroom to design and build rockets. The students also learned to work as a team, solving real world problems under the same pressures they’ll experience in their future careers. Twenty two aerospace organizations were also in town to recruit from the 1,100 students in attendance.

United Launch Alliance Falcon Heavy soars into the sky on June 24, 2017

Over 8,000 viewers watched the live stream when the United Launch Alliance Future Heavy, the largest sport rocket in the world, successfully took off, reached it’s apogee and launched the 16 payloads onboard. The rocket was designed, built and launched by United Launch Alliance (ULA) interns and mentors.

After a full conference day with poster exhibitions and podium sessions, rocketeers spent the second day setting up base cup at Spaceport America’s vertical launch area.  After three days of non-stop launches and intense judging, the results were announced at Spaceport America Cup Awards Banquet.

Michael P. Moses, President Virgin Galactic and keynote speaker shared his career path at NASA in rocket propulsion inspiring students to remember that “mission control is really based on the foundations of integration and systems engineering.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESRA leaders, Space Dynamics Laboratory and Spaceport America presented the following awards in the following categories:

IREC Team Conduct Awards:
Team Spirit Award – Team 109 – Rowan University
Team Sportsmanship Award – Team 46 – Oregon State University

IREC Technical Excellence and Innovation Awards:
Charles Hoult Award for Modeling & Simulation – Team 58 – Texas A & M University
James Barrowman Award for Flight Dynamics – Team 41 – Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Gil Moore Award for Innovation – Team 11 – école de technologie supérieure Montreal
Jim Furfaro Award for Technical Excellence – Team 96 – Waterloo University

Space Dynamics Laboratory Payload Challenge – there were over 40 payloads this year: Honorable Mention for incredible engineering research done at altitude – Team 9 – Concordia University
Honorable Mention for engineering design and fabulous manufacture of a quadcopter – McGill University
Third Place Award for Payload Competition – Team 56 – Southern Utah University
Second Place Award for Payload Competition – Team 59 – George Washington University
First Place Award for Payload Competition –  University of Victoria

Spaceport America Cup Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition Overview:
In general, student teams competing in the Spaceport America Cup: Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition
must design, build, and launch a rocket carrying no less than 8.8 lb of payload to a target apogee either 10,000 ft or
30,000 ft above ground level (AGL).  Projects were divided into one of the following six categories based on the type
of project attempted – defined by the target apogee and selected propulsion system:

10,000 ft AGL apogee with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solid or hybrid rocket propulsion system
First Prize- Team 70 – University of British Columbia
Second Prize- Team 35 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 30,000 ft AGL apogee with COTS solid or hybrid propulsion system
First Prize- Team 57 – Stanford University
Second Prize- Team 53 – Ryerson University

10,000 ft AGL apogee with student researched and developed (SRAD) solid rocket propulsion system
First Prize- Team 103 – West Virginia University
Second Prize- Team 41 – Missouri University of Science and Technology

30,000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD solid rocket propulsion system
First Prize- Team 61 – The Ohio State University
Second Prize- Team 69 – University of Arizona AIAA

10,000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system
First Prize- Team 96 – University of Waterloo
Second Prize- Team 58 – Texas A&M University

30, 000 ft AGL apogee with SRAD hybrid or liquid rocket propulsion system
First Prize- Team 79 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Second Prize- Team 95 – University of Washington

Charlie Garcia, MIT Rocketeer, and Daniel Hicks

“Reflecting on the highlights of the Spaceport America Cup, the most impressive thing was watching these innovative students from around the world pushing the edge of rocket science as they develop future capabilities for humankind.”
– Daniel Hicks, CEO Spaceport America
Matthew Ellengold and Dustin Koehler with the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association, announce the winners.
“Really this is a story about people, and it’s really quite amazing how far this event has come. The level of competition from when I competed back in 2009 is just incredible.  My team won first place back then and would not even stand a chance today. Our motto at ESRA is that next year will be better,”
– Matthew Corrado-Ellengold, President Experimental Sounding Rocket Association.

The United Launch Alliance Future Heavy – World’s Largest Sport Rocket – Will Launch on June 24 at 9:30am MT at the First Annual Spaceport America Cup

Spectators are welcome for Spaceport America Cup launch days:  Thursday, June 22nd, Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th Spaceport America’s vertical launch area will be open to the public at 7:30am each day. Admission is $10.00 for one day and $20.00 for a three-day pass. Buy your ticket today as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2q3KojF. Food and beverage are available for purchase. (Please see additional information below)

ULA RELEASED THE FOLLOWING YESTERDAY:

United Launch Alliance Announces Payloads to Fly on World’s Largest Sport Rocket – 53-Foot-Tall Future Heavy


Launch Scheduled for June 24 at Spaceport America, New Mexico

Centennial, Colo., (May 24, 2017) – Sixteen payloads from K-12 schools and educational organizations throughout Colorado have been confirmed to fly on United Launch Alliance’s Future Heavy intern rocket this summer. The 53-foot-tall, high-power sport rocket launch will take place at Spaceport America, New Mexico, on Saturday, June 24, during its annual Spaceport American Cup International Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in association with ESRA the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association.

Since 2009, ULA has teamed up with Ball Aerospace to offer its interns a real-world space industry experience by launching rockets and payloads (onboard instruments/experiments deployed after launch) they volunteer to build during their internships. In 2010, the program expanded to include payloads from K-12 students.

“Unique opportunities such as this help ignite the imagination of our future rocket scientists. The important life lessons of planning, teamwork and hard work to ensure the payloads are built on-time and function as designed, will translate directly to their future endeavors.”
– Tory Bruno, ULA president and CEO

Examples of the payloads are:

  • Peak to Peak Charter School Payloads– Lafayette, CO
    • Make it or Break It
    •  Kindergarten Parachutes
    • Kevlar Cases: Reliable Phone Protection
    • Descent Power Recovery System
    • Folding Wing Glider
  • Boulder High School Payloads – Boulder, CO
    • America’s Ride Back from Space
    • Falling in 360 Video
  • STEM Academy Payload –  Highlands Ranch, CO
    • Round Two Design Two (R2D2)
  • Smokey Hill Area Robotics Club Payload – Centennial, CO
    • MARVIn – Multiple Advanced Reentry Vehicles Inside
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Rocketry Team Payload – Colorado Springs, CO
    • G Swarm
    •  Team 2
  • Boy Scout Troop 127 Payload – Aurora, CO
    • EDGE (Eagles Deserving Gratitude for Excellence)
  • Eaglecrest High School Payloads – Centennial, CO
    • Raptor View
  • Crown Point Academy Payloads – Westminster, CO
    • Flying Zucchini, 8th Grade
    • Little Rockets, 4th Grade
  • STEM School Payload – Highlands Ranch, CO
    • IMALLSHOOKUP
“We are thrilled to provide the launch platform for these bright students to perform their research and experiments. It is an amazing time to be in the space industry. ULA is transforming the launch industry and these students will be the innovators and designers that will develop new technologies not yet imagined.”
– Greg Arend, ULA mentor and leader of the launch project

Arend recently received the Distinguished Engineering Educator Award by the Engineers’ Council for his work with ULA’s intern rocket program over the last five years. Over that time, hundreds of interns across all five of ULA’s sites participated in this unique, hands-on STEM activity and worked to build Future Heavy, the world’s largest high-powered sport rocket.

Additional Spectator Information:
Rocket engineering teams from universities across the USA and eleven other countries will be launching and recovering rockets all three days. Spectators are welcome to come and join in the excitement. There will be viewing areas set up and teams will be able to show off their rockets after recovery. This event is recommended for children 6 years and older due to outdoor conditions. Please don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair, sunscreen, water, and hat. You are welcome to bring your own hand held umbrellas. No coolers, alcohol, drugs, weapons or non–service animals are allowed on site. Food and beverage will be available for sale. Buy your ticket today as space is limited! http://bit.ly/2q3KojF.

Spaceport America highly recommends all vehicles travel to site via Truth or Consequences, NM on NM-51, turning South at Engle on A013 and then East on A039 into the site entrance. It takes approximately 50 minutes to drive from TorC to the site entrance.  All adult spectators will be required to present government issued photo-ID. Questions:  575-267-8500

 

The Spaceport America Crew and our race directors Marc and Marianna Heon send a huge thank you to all of our runners and our state, county, municipal, law enforcement, emergency medical, volunteer, vendor and sponsoring partners!

What began at dawn last Saturday at the El Paso County Coliseum ended two days, two states, three counties, twenty municipalities and 180 miles later when twenty-four racing teams crossed the finish line on the Spaceway at Spaceport America in New Mexico on Sunday.

Bob Martin, KRQE the CBS-affiliated television station in Albuquerque’s Pilot Reporter covered the race and told this story:

“The goal of the inaugural Spaceport America Relay Race was not about competing for the best time – it was about team building, celebrating the spirit of human exploration and safety – similar to human spaceflight.”

 

Official Spaceport America Media Sponsor:

SpaceNews

Top Sponsor:

Las Cruces Convention and Visitor Bureau

 

Thank you to our valued sponsors:

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City of Truth or Consequences

Holiday Inn Express Truth or Consequences

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Ted Turner Enterprises

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Fast Stop, Truth or Consequences, NM

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The Ultimate Gift of Life

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Jponte Printing, Scottsdale AZ

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Photo/video credit: Jesse Ramirez and Alex Horcasitas, Weaponize

USC’s Fathom II rocket broke the current Spaceport America Student record when it reached an altitude of 144,000 feet (27.27 miles) after blasting off from Spaceport America’s vertical launch campus in New Mexico

The record-breaking rocket launch took place at 9:23 am MST from Spaceport America’s Vertical Launch Complex-1 on the East Campus in New Mexico on March 4, 2017.

USC students and Alumni cheered alongside Spaceport America crewmembers as the Fathom II rocket soared past the previously held apogee to bring back the Spaceport America Student Rocket record to USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering.  Viewers around the world were also joining in via Spaceport America’s https://twitter.com/periscopetv, and Facebook Live channels with over 4,000 views.

“The USC RPL student team continues to amaze us with their ingenuity, energy and ambition. This success is another milestone in their development and a great promise for the key role they will surely play in space travel and exploration,” said Yannis C. Yortsos, Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

The USC Fanthom II rocket reached an altitude of 144,000 ft (27.27 miles) as indicated by analysis of on-board image data, and independently corroborated by analyzing on-board accelerometer data and barometric pressure data during descent.

“Spaceport America congratulates USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Rocket Propulsion Lab student team on this milestone achievement,” said Daniel Hicks, Chief Executive Officer Spaceport America.

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Parachute System Test Launch Lifts off Successfully from Spaceport America in New Mexico

In collaboration with teams from Boeing and White Sands Missile Range, a giant helium-filled balloon lifted off from Spaceport America in New Mexico, carrying a flight-sized boilerplate Starliner spacecraft up to about 40,000 feet where it floated across the San Andres Mountains for a parachute landing on the other side. The goal was for the spacecraft to reach the same velocity it would experience during a return from space and for the parachutes to deploy as planned.

“We took another step toward returning a domestic crew launch capability to the U.S.,” said John Mulholland, Vice President and Program Manager, Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program. “Our team is reviewing the data from this first successful test and gearing up for a few more drops that will enable us to qualify our parachutes for spaceflight.”

Data collected from these tests will be used to verify the parachute inflation characteristics and landing system performance, as well as the altitude and descent rate of the Starliner at touchdown.

“We are proud that Boeing chose Spaceport America as a test location for the CST-100 Starliner,” said Daniel Hicks, Chief Executive Officer Spaceport America.  “It’s been a privilege to support this important endeavor in returning human spaceflight launch capabilities to NASA and the United States.”

The results of these mission-critical tests will confirm that the Starliner’s parachute system can stabilize and decelerate the crew module to a nominal terminal descent velocity, such that a landing on the Earth’s surface can be safely accomplished.

Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The Starliner was designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a mix of crew and cargo, for missions to low-Earth orbit. For NASA service missions to the International Space Station, it will carry up to four NASA-sponsored crew members and time-critical scientific research. The Starliner has an innovative, weldless structure and is reusable up to 10 times with a six-month turnaround time. It also features wireless Internet and tablet technology for crew interfaces.

New Mexico Educators Can Access and Plan Curriculum on FieldTripZoom Compliments of Spaceport America 

Spaceport America, NM–February 14, 2017 – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport located in southern New Mexico in the USA, and FieldTripZoom, a live and interactive educational content platform for K-12 classrooms, today announced their partnership to make a range of Spaceport America STEM and other educational content available to every K-12 classroom across the State of New Mexico – free of charge.

From the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, to the Alaska SeaLife Center, to the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, FieldTripZoom works with partners around the world to create meaningful learning opportunities that reach past geographic constrictions and uses technology that already exists in most classrooms. Real-time educational programs delivered by experts provide students with unique learning experiences aligning to national and state curriculum standards.

Programs will cover STEM, History, Career and College Readiness, Art, Music, and Literature. New Mexico teachers can go to http://www.fieldtripzoom.com and use their school email address to register without payment.

“We want every young New Mexican to have the opportunity to ‘visit’ Spaceport America, either physically or virtually and leave inspired because it is a national treasure playing a historic role in the future of space travel, exploration and commercialization,” said Daniel Hicks, Chief Executive Officer Spaceport America. “For the remainder of this academic year, Spaceport America has sponsored a free FieldTripZoom Zone Season Pass for every K-12 classroom in the New Mexico Public and Private School Systems. This equates to approximately 165 programs offered to a variety of different grade levels through the end of the 2016-2017 New Mexico academic school year.”

Spaceport America crew members from all departments help to prepare the content, lead the live virtual field trips, stream the launches live and join in for question and answer sessions direct from Spaceport America’s vertical launch area or mission control. Virtual field trips entitled “What is Spaceport America?” are held on a monthly basis making it easy for teachers to program into their curriculum. And in honor of Space Week, on May 5, 2017, classrooms across the US can join the Spaceport America crew for BLAST OFF at Spaceport America from behind the scenes of a real rocket launch!  

“We are excited to bring awe-inspiring content from the iconic Spaceport America in New Mexico to students throughout the world as well as hosting special programs for New Mexico K-12 public and private school students. And we are grateful to Spaceport America for sponsoring access to all our content partner programs for these same students for the remainder of this school year.” said Doug Ashton, Co-founder FieldTripZoom.

Getting started:

New Mexico educators can easily book access to live streaming of content across a wide range of subjects and sign up for a free season pass by registering at: http://www.fieldtripzoom.com

If you are private school, please have your administrator contact FieldTripZoom at info@fieldtripzoom.com for your free registration information. For additional information or if you are having any problems registering contact info@fieldtripzoom.com or call 800-825-3127.

The What is Spaceport America? live stream virtual field trip to Spaceport America in New Mexico will be also available to all New Mexico schools as part of the free season pass. 

Click here to view Spaceport America Program Listings (to book an event, you must register on the FieldTripZoom site): http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/zone-observances/

Spaceport America will be live streaming on the following dates so sign up now:
March 10: 1:10 PM EST, 11:10 AM MST
March 10: 3:10 PM EST, 1:10 PM MST
April 11: 11:10 AM EST, 9:10 AM MST
April 11: 2:10 PM EST, 12:10 PM MST
May 10: 12:10 PM EST, 10:10 AM MST
May 10: 2:10 PM EST, 12:10 PM MST
May 5: 11:10 AM EST, 9:10 AM MST
May 5: 2:10 PM EST, 12:10 PM MST

About FieldTripZoom

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, FieldTripZoom’s educational content platform facilitates live and interactive experiences between leading educational content providers and K-12 classrooms. The company’s content partners include leading museums, zoos, aquariums, science centers, art and history organizations, authors and other sources of unique subject-matter expertise. FieldTripZoom was a 2016 Technology Innovation Award Winner from the National School Board Association and was named a Top 10 2017 Educational Media Website Award Winner from HomeschoolBase.com. Visit http://www.fieldtripzoom.com for more information.

Twitter: @fieldtripzoom
Facebook: @fieldtripzoom
Instagram: @fieldtripzoom

About Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, boasts 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340+ days of sunshine and low humidity. Some of the most respected companies in the commercial space industry are customers at Spaceport America: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, UP Aerospace and EXOS. Visit https://www.spaceportamerica.com and http://gatewaytospace.com for more information.

Twitter: @Spaceport_STEM
Facebook: @SpaceportAmeicaSTEM
Instagram: @SpaceportAmericaSTEM

Media Contact:                                                                 
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