FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Sierra County Commission passed a resolution in support of Spaceport America last month. It was very much appreciated by the spaceport staff and support contractors who have been working very hard to make the spaceport a success. Sierra County is the home county of the spaceport.
We also had a great time hosting our first fly-in and plan to have more. We are beginning several student initiatives and also preparing for a NM Tech student flight event in April.
We hired a Brand/Marketing Manager, Tammara Anderton. She has over 20 years of experience in business to business marketing and also brand management. She will be a great addition to our team.
As always, let us hear from you.
Christine Anderson, Executive Director
New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA)
VALENTINES DAY FLY-IN
On Saturday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, Spaceport America hosted its first ever private pilot fly-in. Ten pilots flew aircraft ranging in size from a two-place Vans RV-4 to a Cessna 340 and a Beechcraft Duke. Thirty-four guests received tours of the Spaceport Operations Center and the Gateway to Space building. In addition, the aircraft rescue and firefighting team discussed their roles and responsibilities and provided a tour of the fire station. During lunch, I provided a spaceport update. The weather was perfect for flying, and the event was a big success. We expect to host similar events in the coming months. KRQE TV pilot reporter Bob Martin covered the event.
SPACEPORT MAIN ENTRANCE
Construction on the main security station is complete. In addition, a New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs funded sculpture designed specifically for the spaceport through the Art in Public Places program has been completed and installed at the main entrance. The artist Otto Rigan was inspired by the simple but strong designs seen at the spaceport and by the beginning of the New Space Age. He named the sculpture GENESIS. The 2.5 ton sculpture is 40 feet wide, 23 feet high and 5 feet deep and is fabricated from steel and cast glass. The finish will continue to patina over time in the same way as the Gateway to Space building does.
SPACEPORT AMERICA EXPERIENCE
The visitor experience is almost complete. The Spaceport America Experience has three parts. The Spaceport Visitor Center located in Truth or Consequences (T or C), the shuttle bus ride to the spaceport, and the Gateway Gallery located in the Gateway to Space building. The Gateway Gallery features 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.
The City of T or C and Follow The Sun, Inc, the tour operator, are enhancing the off-site departure location, the Spaceport Visitor Center. The Center is located in a 1935 adobe building in the historic district of T or C. The Center will feature more displays and exhibits licensed from Spaceport America.
The shuttle bus will be equipped with monitors that feature original videos showcasing the local area, the history of the region and the commercial space industry.
Stay tuned for the Grand Opening soon!
The spaceport has current openings for an airfield operations manager/controller and aerospace engineer. Please visit our employment website (http://spaceportamerica.com/jobs/employment/) for more information.
MEDIA COVERAGE AND OUTREACH
I had the pleasure of being the key note speaker at the Albuquerque Chapter of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting on February 27. The event was a celebration of the 64^th anniversary of Engineers’ Week. Over 300 attendees participated.
We also participated on a Spaceport Panel at the annual FAA Commercial Space Conference in Washington DC on February 5.
We gave numerous interviews this month to a variety of media sources including the BBC, KFOX News in El Paso and the New Mexico Watch Dog.
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