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As I move on after five and a half years on this tremendously important project, I am reflecting on our past accomplishments and our future at Spaceport America.  I am very proud of the fact that we built a small city in the middle of nowhere, helped to shape the future of the commercial space industry, and inspired 1,000’s of young people to consider a career in engineering, science or math.  I’m also proud that this year, we are covering 75% of our operational budget through revenue and next year, we project that we will be covering 90%.  This means we have almost reached our goal of being totally self-sustaining.

Spaceport America’s business development, aerospace and ground operations teams have worked tirelessly since our spaceport has become operational in 2013 to take our offering to the market and fill both our aerospace and non-aerospace business pipelines with new leads and opportunities.  We have conducted 28 launches to date, and our customers have planned six launches in the next few months. We are also in discussions with three major companies for long term flight testing; each requiring local support, technical services and construction.  We are also very excited about the recent opportunity to partner with the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range to assist with testing Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation System at Spaceport America.

We’ve recently announced our Spaceport America Signature Event Series to share and showcase the world’s first purpose-built spaceport through sports, technology, racing and rockets.  The five recurring annual events include:

Spaceport America Open House – October 1, 2016
Spaceport America Drone Summit – November 11-13, 2016
Spaceport America Relay Race – April 6-9, 2017
Spaceport America Cup – June 13-18, 2017

Christine Anderson
CEO, Spaceport America

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