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/) .
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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