Spaceport America Newsletter – September 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
We have had a busy several months. We are continuing construction on the new spaceport entrance. We are working closely with Virgin Galactic and SpaceX in preparation for the start of their operations at the spaceport. We have hosted several tour groups comprised of New Mexico elected officials. The Spaceport Fire Department assisted a neighboring area in extinguishing a fire started by lightning. We surveyed another 500 acres and have found another 40+ archaeological sites! We have hired several new staff members and one more support services contractor.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/) .

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
We are working with UP Aerospace in preparation for their October launch. This will be their twelfth at the spaceport. They will be carrying a variety of payloads under the NASA Flight Opportunities Program. We also completed a Spaceport Driver’s Training Course for staff and tenants that need to have access to the runway.

OPERATIONS AND CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
Highland Construction is making good progress on the new spaceport entrance. We are also continuing to work with FEMA regarding repair work from last year’s rain event. The Spaceport General Operations Team continues to monitor and ensure that a high level of communications and safety exists at all times for tenants, employees and visitors. The Spaceport Protective Services Team hosted two groups of dispatchers and EMS personnel from our surrounding communities to conduct training and familiarity tours of Spaceport America infrastructure and communication systems. This coordination is critical when surges are required. The Spaceport Fire Department successfully supported a local county fire department on a brush fire response in an area north of Spaceport America.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND OPPORTUNITES
Spaceport America continues to have photo-shoot customers for product marketing which we can share once the photos are released into the commercial advertising venues. One of the recent commercial shoot was Chrysler. Check out the amazing photos taken at Spaceport America of the Dodge Charger Hellcat: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2015-dodge-charger-srt-hellcat/#photo-2841465

NMSA IS HIRING (it’s all about jobs!)
Spaceport continues to look for qualified applicants for all open positions listed on the spaceport website: Flight Control Specialist, Aerospace Engineer, Electrician, and Maintenance Technician.

All of these positions, along with future positions with NMSA, will be posted on the State of New Mexico’s NEOGOV portal (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/newmexico/default.cfm) and on our own Employment website (http://spaceportamerica.com/jobs/employment/) this month. Applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes electronically through either website.

MEDIA COVERAGE AND OUTREACH
We have had the opportunity to make presentations at several events in Albuquerque including the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) Conference, the New Mexico Aviation and Aerospace Annual Meeting, and the Professional Aerospace Contractor Association (PACA) annual conference. I also spoke at the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association meeting providing an overview of many of the emerging legal issues associated with the new commercial space industry. We hosted several special tours including one for the Doña Ana County Commissioners and the County Manager, and a tour for many of the elected officials of Sierra County including the County Commissioners, the City of Elephant Butte and the City of Truth or Consequences.

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Spaceport America Newsletter – July 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

June has been a busy month for us in house. Lots of continuing work to prep for upcoming launches. We are also hiring a few more staff. Please see the notes below about that.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/).

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
We are continuing to work with our tenants on preparing to support their space activities.

Because our on-site Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) has now been accumulating data for over two years, meaningful statistical analysis is now possible. Wind is typically the most important meteorological parameter. We have begun building “wind roses” to summarize wind data. The wind rose construct is a common method to depict probabilities of winds in specified speed intervals as a function of direction. They can be constructed for an entire data set, by year, by month, or even by specific hours within specific months.

CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
Spaceport America awarded a contract to Pure Operations of Las Cruces, New Mexico for water services support at the spaceport. We also received proposals for HVAC services support and will be making an award shortly.

We brought on board two more staff members: Mike Bashore, IT Support Manager, and Chris Lopez, Maintenance Support Manager. These folks will be instrumental as we ramp up for full operations.

Virgin Galactic is continuing work on its fit out construction activities for the Gateway facility at Spaceport America.

Doña Ana County has released its road design to the BLM for review and is now planning to release the RFP for construction in August. Contact the Doña Ana County Engineer’s Office for more information.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (it’s all about jobs!)
NMSA is filling two new positions: Flight Control Specialist and Aerospace Engineer.

Flight Control Specialist: The purpose of this position is to provide safe, secure and efficient air and space traffic services to spaceport customers. Provide guidance to the movement of air traffic between altitude sectors and control centers following established procedures and policies. Authorize and control commercial space flights according to government and agency regulations. Assist in writing and maintaining range operations and flight safety plans. Prepare mission reports and analyses.

Aerospace Engineer: The purpose of this position is to perform flight safety assessments of space vehicles and launch systems. Monitor commercial space launches and re-entries. Monitor operation of launch and re-entry sites. Participate in launch readiness reviews. Coordinate spaceport activities with the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation and with the US Army White Sands Missile Range. Ensure compliance with International Trading in Arms Regulations. Assist with preparation and maintenance of spaceport policies and procedures.

Both of these positions, along with future positions with NMSA, will be posted on the State of New Mexico’s NEOGOV portal (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/newmexico/default.cfm) and on our own Employment website (http://spaceportamerica.com/jobs/employment/) this month. Applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes electronically through either website.

On the economic development front, the number of referrals of local hospitality-related and aerospace-related business to spaceport tenants and customers has now climbed to over 60. We will be posting more customer requirements on our website this month. Please watch for that and respond if you feel your company can offer some services.

MEDIA COVERAGE
Last month, a major test launch of a new balloon system designed to carry space tourists took place in New Mexico. This test was conducted by Worldview Enterprises at Roswell, NM. This is the same facility that helped to support the record-setting Red Bull Stratos balloon launch in October 2012. The company is considering operating its space tourism flights from Spaceport America when they become operational.

To view more about the test flight: Edge Of Space Commercial Balloon Flights Closer With Record-Breaking Test | Video (http://www.space.com/26338-edge-of-space-commercial-balloon-flights-closer-with-record-breaking-test-video.html)

SpaceX conducted another low-altitude test of its Falcon 9R reusable booster at the McGregor engine test facility. This flight was the first test of a set of steerable fins that provide control of the rocket during the fly back portion of return. SpaceX is expected to start high-altitude testing of the Falcon 9R reusable booster at Spaceport America later this year.

To view this recent test launch go to: F9R 1000m Fin Flight | Onboard Cam and Wide Shot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgLBIdVg3EM)

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Spaceport America Newsletter – June 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Virgin Galactic, the FAA Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center and Spaceport America signed an historic agreement that will integrate Virgin Galactic space missions into the FAA National Air Space. This Agreement was needed by Virgin Galactic as part of their FAA space vehicle license. It is precedent setting for future commercial space vehicles that will fly in the National Airspace System.

Spaceport America also awarded a contract to Highland Enterprises, Inc. of Las Cruces, New Mexico for the construction of the permanent security entrance at the spaceport replacing the temporary trailer.

As a side note, the spaceport’s firefighters rescued some baby owls that fell out of their nest that was built in the eaves of the Gateway building. See photo.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/) .

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
Spaceport America hosted representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Commercial Space Transportation on May 19 for the annual inspection that is required to keep our Launch Site Operator License active. This was the first inspection of our five-year renewal period. The representatives inspected our launch-related infrastructure, policies and procedures documents, and records. We are pleased to report that no deficiencies were found and we are awaiting our official letter.

Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America signed a joint agreement (http://spaceportamerica.com/press-release/virgin-galactic-and-spaceport-america-sign-key-agreement-for-access-to-airspace-for-spaceflights-from-new-mexico/) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that helps clear the path for commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo. The historic agreement sets out the parameters for how routine space missions launched from Spaceport America will be integrated into the National Airspace System. Specifically, the agreement spells out how the FAA’s Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center and the New Mexico Spaceport Authority will work with Virgin Galactic to smoothly and safely provide clear airspace for SpaceShipTwo.

The agreement provides procedures for the safe integration of commercial, licensed space launch operations into the National Airspace System from Spaceport America. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority also has an agreement in place with the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range to support space launch activities within WSMR airspace.

SPACEPORT VISITORS
For the last several weeks, a pair of Great Horned Owls has been nesting in a small opening above the north entrance of the Gateway to Space building. Four owlets were hatched. Unfortunately, strong competition among the siblings (the so called Cain and Abel syndrome) led to three of the young being ejected from the nest before they could survive on their own. Our spaceport firefighters rescued the ejected birds and turned them over to New Mexico Game and Fish for fostering. One of them is seen in the attached photo as well as its rescuer, Spaceport America firefighter Tito Montoya. Note his thick gloves. Even at this age, owlets have long, sharp talons and a powerful beak.
Spaceport Visitors

CONSTRUCTION AND GENERAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
Spaceport America awarded a contract to Highland Enterprises, Inc of Las Cruces, New Mexico to construct the main security entrance at the spaceport. The new facility will replace the temporary trailer.

In recognition of the energy-efficient design and construction of Spaceport America, the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) received Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in May. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the USGBC’s rating system for design and construction of energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. The LEED Gold certification was awarded (http://spaceportamerica.com/press-release/spaceport-america-gateway-building-awarded-leed-gold/) to the 110,000 square foot, “Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space” terminal hangar building at Spaceport America.

We also brought on board several more firefighters as we ramp up for full operations.
Virgin Galactic is continuing work on its fit out construction activities for the Gateway facility at Spaceport America.

Doña Ana County has released its road design to the BLM and Sierra County for review and is planning to release the RFP for construction in June.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (it’s all about jobs!)
The New Mexico Spaceport Authority in cooperation with the New Mexico Economic Development Department is continuing the Spaceport’s Economic Development Initiative. Most of the requirements for supply chain and services needed by current tenants, customers and future customers have been gathered. This month a request for input from New Mexico businesses will be initiated on the spaceport’s website and also sent to New Mexico Chambers of Commerce in an effort to match up existing businesses with spaceport customers and inventory regional services and capabilities. Please watch for this posting on our website this month.

MEDIA COVERAGE
The New Mexico Spaceport Authority hosted Reuters Thompson New Service in early May. Following the visit, Reuters published a story covering the city of Truth or Consequences and the Spaceport, along with some very nice photographs. The story generated a wide range of news coverage in the U.S. and around the world: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/05/08/us-usa-spaceport-idUKKBN0DO0ZA20140508

NBC Science and Technology writer Alan Boyle published a feature story on the Spaceport and Virgin Galactic in late May. Their story also led to great news coverage for the Spaceport: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/virgin-voyage/new-mexicos-spaceport-america-takes-shape-middle-nowhere-n87166

Additional national news coverage on the spaceport in May was a result of Daniel Terdiman’s story published by CBS News online science and technology website CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/at-spaceport-america-jetsons-dreams-get-ready-to-fly/

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Spaceport America Newsletter – May 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
We had lots of visitors to the spaceport in April including New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich. He is a big supporter of space and we really enjoyed showing him Spaceport America. We also had many of the elected officials of Sierra County, the home county of Spaceport America, on a special spaceport tour. It was a pleasure showing our neighbors all the spaceport progress.

We released the Request for Proposals for the Spaceport Main Entrance on April 17. We are excited about replacing the temporary main entrance trailer with a permanent structure.

I also had the pleasure of serving as a mentor in the Women’s Speed Mentoring Day sponsored by Albuquerque Business First. Over 150 people participated. It was fun to meet so many talented professional women on the ladder to success.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/) .

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
Spaceport America continues to make preparations for upcoming launch operations of SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. The SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket will be the largest ever to fly from Spaceport America. As the launch complex nears completion, the technical team is reviewing and refining preparation and launch day plans and procedures. We are also assisting with site readiness. Items include refining the formal Range Operations Plan and ensuring that the spaceport is in compliance with New Mexico open burning regulations. We have added several fire prevention measures such as a vegetation-free buffer and fire breaks around the edges of the launch and landing pads.

With respect to Virgin Galactic, the technical team has been refining the Airfield Operations Plan. Recently, the three-party Letter of Agreement (Virgin Galactic-FAA Albuquerque Center-Spaceport America) that is required by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation was finalized.

CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE
Spaceport America is continuing to ramp up the support staff at Spaceport America in anticipation of increased launch rates and increased visitors. We have a first rate team in all areas including Protected Services, General Services and IT support.

Virgin Galactic is continuing work on its fit out construction activities for the Gateway facility at Spaceport America.

Doña Ana County is planning to release the RFP for the southern access road construction this month.

NMSA released an RFP on April 17 for the construction of a new spaceport front entrance and security station, replacing the existing temporary trailer. We plan to award the contract in mid-May.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (it’s all about jobs!)
In true match-making style, NMSA has made 30 company referrals to our spaceport customers to satisfy various service requirements. We will be following up to see how many referrals were acted upon.

Virgin Galactic is utilizing at least nine local firms spending approximately $1M so far. Virgin has published a list on its website of additional needed support services and supplies ranging from laundry/dry cleaning to machine shops.

SpaceX construction at the spaceport is utilizing more than 20 local firms spending approximately $2M so far.

NMSA has created construction and pre-operational related employment for over 1300 New Mexicans to date, and contracted with 58 New Mexico companies with another 60+ New Mexico subcontractors in at least 11 New Mexico counties.

More jobs are expected through construction of the Spaceport Main Entrance (the RFP was released April 17, 2014) and the Spaceport Southern Access Road RFP is scheduled for release by Dona Ana County May 4, 2014.

The total number of visitors to the Spaceport since 2011 is a little over 6000. With many more expected once the Visitor Facilities are completed and the Hospitality Manager is on board in 2015.

Eighteen countries have sent media crews to the spaceport to do media pieces including Australia, Canada, Columbia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

The total number of launches at the spaceport to date is 20 with 126 payloads from NASA, the Department of Defense, private companies and students.

MEDIA COVERAGE
The annual Spaceport America update was held at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce at its April 25^th luncheon. Spaceport America Executive Director Christine Anderson gave this year’s spaceport update along with Virgin Galactic senior program manager Mark Butler who briefed the group on the status of the Virgin Galactic commercial space-travel operations in New Mexico and how the company is starting to hire for new positions and transition part of their staff from their Mojave, CA operations to New Mexico in the coming months. New Mexico Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobson also discussed at the chamber luncheon how the spaceport tourism economy would help generate revenue and world media exposure for New Mexico.

The chamber event generated several stories from the Albuquerque Business First, the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Las Cruces Bulletin. A feature story on the spaceport recently aired on French 24 television. Also United Airlines plans to feature New Mexico including Spaceport America in the July edition of United Hemispheres Magazine Dossier section.

The spaceport was visited by a number of media outlets in April, which included German RTL Television, Outside Magazine, CNET.com, ReadWrite.com and KOAT TV (ABC) in Albuquerque as well as the Sierra County Sentinel.

The soon-to-be launched travel television show called “New Mexico True” show has recently shot a segment at the spaceport and the new show will air this summer in Albuquerque and El Paso television markets.

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Spaceport America Newsletter – April 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
March was another busy month for us. We are preparing to bring onboard more firefighters and IT personnel as we ramp up operations. We will also be releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new spaceport front entrance and guard station to replace our temporary trailer. Lastly, Doña Ana County is planning to release the long awaited RFP for the southern road improvements in early May. We are really looking forward to the road being completed as soon as possible.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/).

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
Spaceport America continues to make preparations for upcoming launch operations of SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. The SpaceX Falcon 9R rocket will be the largest ever to fly from Spaceport America. As the launch complex nears completion, the technical team is reviewing and refining preparation and launch day plans and procedures. We are also assisting with site readiness. Items include refining the formal Range Operations Plan and ensuring that the spaceport is in compliance with New Mexico open burning regulations. We have added several fire prevention measures such as a vegetation-free buffer and fire breaks around the edges of the launch and landing pads.

With respect to Virgin Galactic, the technical team has been refining the Airfield Operations Plan. Recently, the three-party Letter of Agreement (Virgin Galactic-FAA Albuquerque Center-Spaceport America) that is required by the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation was finalized.

CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE
A new Program Manager for Protective Services at Spaceport America was recently hired by our support contractor, Fiore Industries. Congratulations to Don Scott who comes to us from the Department of Homeland Security for the State of New Mexico.

Virgin Galactic has started its fit out construction activities for the Gateway facility at Spaceport America.

Doña Ana County is planning to release the RFP for the southern access road construction in early May.

NMSA will be releasing an RFP shortly for the construction of a new spaceport front entrance and security station, replacing the existing temporary trailer.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (it’s all about jobs!)
NMSA has moved into the Gap Analysis portion of its Economic Development initiative, after gathering requirements from its tenant and user base. This phase will identify gaps in required services from existing regionally available services and includes short-term and long-term planning to meet identified requirements. Short term options include importing the services and attracting expansion of new businesses to relocate to the state, while long term options revolve around growing the capability to meet the requirement locally via the educational pipeline and existing business enhancement. Once the Gap Analysis is complete, NMSA will be able to select the highest priority opportunities and develop implementation plans in conjunction with regional stakeholders. More to come on this, so stay tuned!

Follow the Sun Tours (http://ftstours.com) that operates tours to the spaceport on the weekends has opened an office in Sierra County and has hired two additional employees from Sierra County and is still in recruitment mode. Contact them if you are interested.

Currently, NMSA has 20 personnel working full time at the spaceport site and 9 personnel working off site. The majority are residents of Sierra and Doña Ana Counties. NMSA is also planning to hire additional staff in the General Support Services and IT areas in early summer. The spaceport’s Protective Service contractor, Fiore Industries, is also hiring eight additional spaceport firefighters (http://www.fiore-ind.com/home/16-careers/39-firefighter-guard.html) . NMSA also relies on a variety of additional personnel working part time.

Virgin Galactic recently held a supplier seminar in Sierra County providing a list of needed services. Check out the City of T or C website (http://www.torcnm.org) for additional information.

MEDIA COVERAGE
A feature story on the spaceport’s futuristic new buildings appeared in a recent issue of The Architect’s Newspaper. The caption next to the picture of the Gateway building was particularly exciting, “Boldly Go!”

In addition, the Gateway is receiving an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Honors Award at the ACEC 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards Ceremony in Washington DC at the end of April. Congratulations to URS and its team, NMSA’s architectural contractor for the Gateway building.

Christine Anderson did a major sit down interview with NBC Science Correspondent Alan Boyle. We look forward to seeing Alan’s story profiling Spaceport America and its tenants, SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.

Anderson also had the honor of delivering the keynote speech at the UNM Anderson School of Management annual awards banquet. The theme was “lift-off” and the speech focused on just that! Over 650 people attended.

NMSA gave a presentation to the southern New Mexico Lockheed Martin group and provided site tours to the New Mexico Economic Partnership and the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

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Spaceport America Newsletter – March 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Happy Spring! The trees are starting to bloom in southern New Mexico. We are continuing our all-hands training in anticipation of increased flight activity shortly. We are revamping our Visitor Experience (see below) and working with the county to begin construction on the long awaited southern access road to the Spaceport, now that the legislature has provided additional funding. Late breaking news, we were just informed that the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space building was awarded the 2014 Jeff Harnar Contemporary Architecture Award. Congratulations to SMPC Architects of Albuquerque and the entire design team.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/).

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
The technical team continued to work with the US Army White Sands Missile Range and the FAA Albuquerque Center on airspace procedures that will guide routine space flight operations.

The team also participated in more table top drills to better prepare for all contingencies and is continuing to work with launch customers to facilitate future flight activity.

CONSTRUCTION AND PRE-OPERATIONS UPDATE
We are preparing to release a request for proposals for the new entrance and guard station replacing our temporary trailers. Watch for that announcement on our website. We are also planning an entrance round-about that will feature art work provided through the New Mexico Art in Public Places program that will greet visitors as they arrive.

SpaceX continues to perform site infrastructure development for the Falcon 9R launch program. Virgin Galactic is working on the interior fit-out of the Gateway building.

The Spaceport Southern Access Road design is undergoing the final revisions by Doña Ana County in coordination with Sierra County. This road is an essential route to the spaceport from southern locations like Las Cruces or El Paso. NMSA continues to hold $8.1M for the first phase of the road construction. The New Mexico legislature approved in this session an additional $6.4M. Doña Ana County is planning to release the request for proposals shortly once final approval is provided by the BLM and State Land Office.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE
The revamped plan for the Visitor Experience is to distribute all show content between the Truth or Consequences Visitor Center and the 4000 square feet public gallery area in the Gateway to Space building. The larger on-site visitor complex will have to wait until we have earned the revenue to build it – one of those future spaceport improvement projects. Visitors will still be able to enjoy all the planned activities, just in a smaller area.

MEDIA COVERAGE
The month of February featured a lot of media coverage for Spaceport America due to the New Mexico Legislative session. Christine Anderson gave several interviews with multiple media outlets including a Santa Fe radio station (KSFR-FM), the Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Business First and the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The spaceport recently hosted media tours for Swedish Daily News, Svenska Dagblade, and the Dutch newspaper, de Volkskrant. USA TODAY had a nice write-up in February on the Spaceport America Preview Tours by Follow the Sun. The spaceport tour will also be featured on the Albuquerque KASA TV morning travel segment soon. A feature story on the spaceport’s futuristic looking architecture will be appearing in an upcoming issue of The Architect’s Newspaper.

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Spaceport America Newsletter – February 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Lots of activity has happened at Spaceport America this month: construction is winding down and scenario-based drills and pre-operational exercises are on the increase. The New Mexico legislative 30-day session is in full swing. See below for more information.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/).

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
The technical team was focused primarily on preparation for upcoming missions. Operational procedures are under development to optimize efficiency and provide situational awareness during missions conducted by SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. In addition, the team provided technical information to several potential new customers.

CONSTRUCTION AND PRE-OPERATIONS UPDATE
SpaceX continues to perform site infrastructure development for its Falcon 9R launch program. Current facilities include the state-owned Launch Complex 2, additional launch pads, fuel storage pads, equipment storage buildings, and mission control trailers.

NMSA staff and support contractors are continuing to perform scenario based table top exercises using FEMA guidelines.

Fit-out of the Spaceport Operations Center (SOC) has been completed by Las Cruces based R-Con. The facility is now housing some NMSA staff and on-site support contractors.

The Spaceport Southern Access Road is undergoing the final design revisions by Doña Ana County before releasing the construction RFP this month. This road is an essential route to the spaceport from southern locations like Las Cruces or El Paso. NMSA continues to hold $8.1M for the first phase of the road construction. The second phase is subject to legislative appropriation during this year’s session. The first phase will build concrete culverts, raise the road in certain areas, straighten the road in certain areas, fence both sides of the road, add cattle guards and gates, and address archaeological mitigation.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE
NMSA is considering multiple options to expedite the Visitor Experience project in the near term, and is currently pursuing a lower cost on-site hangar concept to house guest show and activities, much like the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center and the Dayton Air Museum. The full on-site visitor center would be developed later with earned revenue from the visitor experience and then the hangar would serve a spaceport tenant. NMSA is still pursuing a smaller loan for the T or C Welcome Center.

MEDIA COVERAGE
Christine Anderson did several interviews this month with Santa Fe KSFR radio, the Albuquerque Journal, the Las Cruces Sun-News, Albuquerque Business First, KDBC 4 TV El Paso, New Space Journal, and NewSpace Global. These interviews covered a range of topics from bills introduced in the current session of the New Mexico Legislature that involve Spaceport America, to the renewal of the spaceport’s FAA Launch Site Operator License.

In addition to the wide range of New Mexico media coverage, Spaceport America was mentioned in a recent issue of Popular Mechanics Magazine, SPACE.COM, CNET.COM, and ParabolicArc.com.

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Spaceport America Newsletter – January 2014

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FROM THE DIRECTOR
Happy New Year! I believe 2014 will be a great year at Spaceport America. Our tenants, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, are ramping up for exciting accomplishments. We also expect several more launches this year with other customers.

The FAA granted another five year Launch License to Spaceport America. This is a very important milestone. The licensing process is extremely rigorous and we are pleased that we made the grade!

We also received several awards in December. You can read about them in this issue of the newsletter.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/) .

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
We were informed by the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA AST) in December that our application for a five-year renewal of our Launch Site Operator License was approved. The license is valid through December 9, 2018. In conjunction with the license itself, a new License Order was also issued. This order enables us to host the launch of any vehicle for which a Launch License from Spaceport America is granted by FAA AST. It applies to both vertical and horizontal launch operations. The application package updated the technical information and analysis for customers who are currently conducting launch operations as well as for those whose operations have not yet started.

CONSTRUCTION AND PRE-OPERATIONS UPDATE
2013 NAIOP Award for Excellence Winner
Spaceport America was the recipient of two architectural awards, both for the Gateway to Space building. The first award was presented at the NAIOP Annual Eagle Awards luncheon in Albuquerque. The award for Industrial Building Excellence was presented by Governor Susana Martinez. Christine Anderson accepted the award on behalf of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority and the contractors who contributed so much to the beautiful facility.

The second award was from the American Institute of Architects. The award was given to the architectural team of the Gateway to Space building. David Hassard of SMPC Architects in Albuquerque, the architect of record, accepted the award.

NMSA conducted an on-site exercise with staff and contractors in December. We expect this to be a monthly occurrence as we ready for an increased operations tempo at the spaceport in 2014.

MEDIA COVERAGE
Spaceport America enjoyed tremendous media coverage in 2013 including state, national and international coverage. Coverage ranged from broadcast news organizations like Russian RTV, French FT1, Taiwanese SETV, UK BBC, Canadian Global, and FOX NEWS Channel Television, to print and Internet media like New York Magazine, Wired, Popular Mechanics, New Mexico Magazine, Santa Fe New Mexican, SPACE.COM and SPACENEWS.COM. Over 100 different news organizations reported on Spaceport America in 2013. New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson gave over 50 interviews to the press this year, and the spaceport hosted over 30 news organizations on spaceport group media tours in 2013.

In December, Christine Anderson did a taping for a segment of Albuquerque Business Law on The Radio show. She also gave an interview to the Santa Fe New Mexican Magazine. In addition she wrote a Guest Editorial (http://spaceportamerica.com/press-release/the-vision-becomes-reality-guest-editorial/) that was published in the Albuquerque Journal and the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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Spaceport America Newsletter – December 2013

FROM THE DIRECTOR
Spaceport America’s 20th launch occurred on November 12. The launch was sponsored by NASA and allowed six payload developers the opportunity to fly their technologies.

NMSA’s Annual FAA Consulting Parties Meeting took place November 5. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the current status of cultural mitigation at the spaceport. We have 44 archeological sites on the main campus of the spaceport—some dating back 10,000 years. Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is critical to keeping the spaceport’s FAA License.

I also provided spaceport budget and status testimony to NM Legislative Committees in preparation for the Legislative Session in January.

We hope these newsletters are helpful in keeping you up to date on Spaceport activities. Feel free to send questions or comments to us via our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/) .

Chris

Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS UPDATE
On November 12, Spaceport America hosted its 20^th launch, which also was the eighth UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL launch. This launch had been delayed from October as a result of the Federal government shutdown. The launch took place at 9:15 AM and was sponsored by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program. On board were six major payloads developed by the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, SatWest LLC of Albuquerque, New Mexico State University, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). Experiments conducted in these payloads have applications in areas such as non-radar tracking of space vehicles, space vehicle tank gas and liquid interaction in microgravity, control systems in microgravity, and satellite communication networks in fast moving, high altitude platforms. As planned, the payload section of the rocket was recovered gently by parachute on the US Army White Sands Missile Range, and
most payloads were returned to their owners at the spaceport approximately two hours after launch. The rocket reached an altitude of 72 miles and landed approximately 23 miles downrange. From launch to touchdown, the mission duration was slightly less than fifteen minutes.

CONSTRUCTION AND PRE-OPERATIONS UPDATE
NMSA is continuing to perform training and emergency drills at the Spaceport. NMSA is also working closely with SpaceX to ensure its move to the spaceport goes smoothly. The spaceport southern access road RFP is now scheduled for release in early January, pending final agreement on the design by Doña Ana County and Sierra County Managers.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE
Production on show content elements, such as media voiceovers, interpretive graphics and interactive games continues.

Behind-the-scenes Spaceport America website upgrades are now complete with a roll out scheduled by mid-December. The website is being streamlined to be more customer-friendly. It is also being refocused for a larger variety of spaceport customers in the areas of launch, events and tourism. The jobs section is also being improved to help prevent robot-spam entries.

MEDIA COVERAGE
The Albuquerque Journal, Socorro El Defensor Chieftain, Santa Fe New Mexican, Sierra County Sentinel and Las Cruces Bulletin newspapers were in attendance at the spaceport’s 20^th launch. The media attendees were given an inaugural media tour of the interior of the Spaceport Operations Center which has just been completed.

We also hosted representatives from the national travel website “RoadTrippers.com” who are creating a special video on the spaceport for their travel site that will come out in the first quarter of next year.

NMSA had the pleasure of providing presentations to the Las Cruces AARP Chapter, the Deming Rotary Club and the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

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