Spaceport America is the world’s first FAA licensed purpose-built, commercial spaceport designed with the needs of the commercial space business in mind. Unique geographic benefits, striking iconic design and the tradition of New Mexico space leadership are being leveraged to unlock the potential of space for everyone.
The $200 million dollar spaceport includes basic operational infrastructure such as an airfield, launch pads, hangars, emergency response capabilities, 24/7 security, utilities and roadways. The site is capable of accommodating the activities of both vertical and horizontal takeoff space launch vehicles, serving as the base for pre-flight and post-flight activities, and providing a tourism experience for interested visitors and spectators. The spaceport also presents a unique opportunity to excite students regarding space technology and the underlying science and mathematics.
Spaceport America is located just west of the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States of America. Spaceport America is located about 55 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico; about 30 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; and about 30 miles northeast of the village of Hatch, New Mexico.
The best way to visit Spaceport America is by taking the tour from Truth or Consequences. The tour operates seven days per week. Reservations are advisable and can be made through our web site. For safety and security reasons we do not allow private vehicles to park at the spaceport—much like FAA licensed airports.
Spaceport America is open and operational. Twenty four launches have been hosted at the vertical launch area. The facility is currently open to the public via the Spaceport America Experience tour. Book a tour through our web site. The spaceport also offers two open houses per year in April and October. These events are free. Watch our web site for sign up information.
Spaceport America occasionally hosts public launches, depending on restrictions set by our launch customers. Details will be posted on this website in advance of any public launches
Spaceport America is planned to operate as a prior permission required (PPR) airport. NMSA does not intend in the near term to offer FBO-like services for general or commercial aviation. There are no current plans for this to change in the future, although you are welcome to contact NMSA for any special requests.
Yes, Spaceport America has been operational and providing launch services since 2006. Facilities and infrastructure are available to support many different missions and test objectives. To get started, please contact the Business Development Director.
Absolutely! Spaceport America has served as a wonderful venue for special events, photo-shoots, films and more. For more details, please contact the Business Development Director to discuss the particulars of your event.
Spaceport America is owned by the state of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) is the state agency charged with the responsibility to design, develop, construct, operate, and oversee Spaceport America.
Virgin Galactic is the anchor tenant at Spaceport America, and holds a 20 year lease agreement for the use of the Gateway to Space terminal hangar facility . In addition, the spaceport has other tenants and other customers.
At present job opportunities are most readily available through our contracted partners. Please look under the About Us menu and there you will find listed under Contractors, contact information to each of our general contractors. To submit a resume to NMSA on file for potential future job opportunities, please visit the Employment page on this website.
NMSA accepts interns in both technical and non-technical disciplines on an infrequent, unpaid basis (i.e. only very highly-motivated students need apply). If you are still interested, feel free to get in touch with an NMSA representative. Our Operational Contractors may have opportunities from time to time as well. Alternatively you may contact the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium or NMSU Career Services for additional, occasional opportunities.
No. There will be no commercial airline flights directly into Spaceport America. The nearest airports with passenger service are the El Paso International Airport (ELP) and the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). Other nearby municipal airports includes Las Cruces (KLRU), Truth or Consequences (KTCS) and Hatch (E05).
Spaceport America considers speaking requests from local community groups, school groups, and industry gatherings. Please submit your request via the Contact Us page, specifying the following event details:
- Name of the event and hosting organization
- Date, Time and Location of the event
- Number of event attendees
- Time allotted for speaking
Host Events FAQs
Rental prices are quoted upon request and based on total number of locations used for the event, as well as the degree of privacy and/or exclusivity desired. Additionally, in-house production costs, such as security, set-up and breakdown crews, and other support functions are itemized for each event and include all labor and equipment necessary to make your special occasion a success.
Contact Spaceport America at +1-575-267-8500 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability. Event dates are reserved upon receipt of a signed event contract. Depending on the event, a deposit percentage of the total fee may be required.
Rental fees are based on either a half-day or full-day event rate, with no starting/ending time restrictions. Half-day events will be considered full-day events and incur overtime charges after four hours. Multi-day event discounts are available. Event set up and breakdown can occur up to two days in advance of the event and on the day after. Additional days for set up and breakdown may incur additional fees.
Follow the Sun, Inc. is currently the exclusive Tour Operator for Spaceport America. They can facilitate luxury coach transportation, guided tours, step-on guides, and catering upon request. From time to time, there may be other exclusive vendors providing specific services, which Spaceport America will communicate to interested parties upon initial inquiry. Outside production firms, photographers, caterers, etc. are welcome.
Insurance is required for each event. Specific insurance requirements will be defined in the quotation and contract.
Smoking is not permitted within any building. Smoking is only permitted in designated outdoor locations due to local fire restrictions. Individuals not observing these fire regulations will be asked to leave the event and the premises.
Limited on-site parking is available for events. However, most events incorporate coach transportation for guests from off-site pickup/staging areas to maximize coordination and convenience.
The operations staff will determine the number of events that may occur simultaneously based on each event’s requirements and will ensure that if multiple events are occurring at the same time, they will not disrupt or disturb one another.
Banners and signs are permitted for your event, subject to approval by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. Any existing site signage, if modified, must be restored to original condition following the event. All event signage and décor must be removed following the event.