FROM THE DIRECTOR
The New Mexico Legislature has started its 60 day session. The legislators will be considering many very important matters for the State. Regarding spaceport matters, they will be considering whether to approve a special appropriation of $1.783M to cover the shortfall resulting from the delay due to the Virgin Galactic mishap last October. If the funding is approved, it will only be drawn upon if the spaceport does not make up the difference in additional revenue. It is an insurance policy for the $218.5M state’s investment.
The Space Industry in the United States alone is a multi-billion dollar industry spanning the defense, civil and commercial sectors. Spaceport America has customers in all three sectors and will continue to do so. The commercial space sector is the newest sector and presents exciting opportunities but is an emerging industry. There are many well-known companies making great progress like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, XCOR, Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada. There are also many others, less known, coming on line. Make no mistake it is happening. Is it happening on a predictable timetable? No. It is technology development and pushing the envelope. It needs to be done right and it is precedent setting. The spaceport staff is in discussions with many prospective customers in varying degrees of development and hope to have more customers shortly. As Marie Curie, two -time Nobel Prize Winner, said, “The way of progress is neither swift nor easy.”
Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)
VALENTINE’S DAY FLY-IN
Spaceport America is hosting a Valentine’s Day Fly-In on February 14^th for private pilots. We have had numerous requests for such an event and are really looking forward to it. A special spaceport tour, presentation and Valentine’s Day luncheon are included at a reasonable price. So if you are a pilot, bring your sweetheart and come celebrate the day with us! Please visit our website (http://spaceportamerica.com/visit-us/fly-ins/) for more information.
Construction on the main security station is almost complete. The guard booths were delivered last week. In addition, the Art in Public Places very exciting spaceport sculpture has been completed and will be installed at the main entrance shortly. The new entrance will definitely welcome visitors in style. Stay tuned for the grand unveiling.
The expanded Visitor Experience is almost complete. We are making the last touches on the Fit-Out of the Gateway Gallery in the Gateway to Space building in preparation for the show content delivery and installation in mid-February. The Gallery will feature a G-Shock Simulator, many interactive kiosks and displays focused on the science behind the commercial space industry. In addition, we have several displays of archaeological artifacts from the region from the residents that lived there over 10,000 years ago. Wouldn’t they be surprised to see their home site now!
In addition, Follow The Sun, Inc, our tour operator, is enhancing the off-site departure location that will feature more displays and exhibits resulting in a more robust and exciting Spaceport America Visitor Experience. Stay tuned for the grand opening coming soon.
The spaceport has current openings in IT, Aerospace, Marketing and Maintenance. Please visit our employment website (http://spaceportamerica.com/jobs/employment/) for more information.
SPACEPORT EMS CREW RESPONDS TO LOCAL CALL
On January 24th the Spaceport America Emergency Medical Service (EMS) crew responded to an emergency call in the neighboring town of Cutter. The Spaceport crew was on scene in 12 minutes, started treatment and packaged the patient for transport. The patient was turned over to an area Hospital EMS Crew once they arrived on the scene about 50 minutes later. Our responders also provided the ambulance crews with accurate directions to the call location as most of the residences in that area are very remote.
MEDIA COVERAGE AND OUTREACH
In January, we conducted interviews with KVIA TV in El Paso and KRQE TV in Albuquerque regarding spaceport-related legislation being introduced this session.
The spaceport will also have coverage in the upcoming issues of AAA magazine and Las Cruces magazine, along with international publications in the Ukraine and Australia.
Don’t forget, Spaceport America merchandise is now available on our official online store (https://shop.spaceportamerica.com). We are constantly adding new items so check it out.
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