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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
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
CEO, Spaceport America

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