ARCA Space Lands in Las Cruces

Jul 20th, 2015


Contact: Gary Camarano, Economic Development Coordinator
Phone: 575/541-2286                                                                         July 13, 2015

ARCA Space Lands in Las Cruces

ARCA Space Corp., a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAVS), announced it will locate its headquarters and U.S. production facility at Las Cruces International Airport. In a joint announcement held at Las Cruces International Airport today, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima welcomed ARCA Space Corp. to Las Cruces and reiterated that New Mexico and Las Cruces are open for business, and that aerospace will be an industry slated for further attraction efforts.

ARCA Space was founded in 1999 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Romania by Dumitru Popescu and other aeronautics experts. Since then, ARCA launched two stratospheric rockets, four large scale stratospheric balloons - including a cluster balloon, was awarded two governmental contracts with the Romanian government, and one contract with the European Space Agency. In October 2014, ARCA established itself as a for-profit, U.S. company and began researching suitable facilities in Las Cruces for its UAVS manufacturing.

ARCA founder and CEO Dumitru Popescu said, “We were familiar with Las Cruces as a result of the XPrize Cup competition in 2006, and felt Las Cruces would be a perfect place for growing our business. With the help of the State of New Mexico and the City of Las Cruces’ Economic Development Departments, who put together a very fair Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) job creation assistance package, we are happily locating in Las Cruces.”

Addressing the audience of approximately 100 people who came out to welcome ARCA Space, Governor Susana Martinez said, “We’re proud of New Mexico’s storied history in science and innovation, and we know that ARCA Space made the right choice to manufacture their products right here in Las Cruces. Not only does New Mexico now have a competitive business environment, but we also stand to be a leader in aerospace. The future is bright for our state."

Mayor Ken Miyagishima added, “This is an example of collaboration between the state and city in using LEDA to attract good family sustaining jobs to Las Cruces in an industry that has enormous potential. Additionally, several of our local economic development partners like the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, New Mexico State University, Arrowhead Incubator, the Physical Science Laboratory (PSL), Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, and Spaceport America, all worked on presenting Las Cruces as an ideal location for ARCA Space and helped make this project happen. Las Cruces has been a hub for the aerospace and defense industry for 75 years and ARCA’s new location at the Las Cruces International Airport reaffirms this.”     

Gary Camarano, economic development coordinator for the City of Las Cruces explained, “With all the assets we have in the region - our 340 days of sunshine, 15,000 square miles of controlled airspace, White Sands Missile Range, Spaceport America, PSL, and our educated worked force – the Las Cruces region makes sense for aerospace businesses. We’re making aggressive efforts to attract more aerospace to Las Cruces and the collaborative efforts by everyone involved will potentially have big returns.”

The initial City LEDA support for locating in Las Cruces is approximately $60,000, and includes waiver of first year rent at the 8960 Zia Blvd. facility for office and showroom space, and assistance in the first year’s rent of an assembly facility at the airport. The state will provide assistance for future expansion. The combined City and state assistance for initial location and future expansion has the potential to exceed $500,000, and will be predicated on job creation.

For more information about the Las Cruces region and the advantages of locating a business there, contact Gary Camarano at