New Mexico Spaceport Authority - Nonprofit of the Month MAY 2013

May 20th, 2013


Enable affordable, efficient and effective access to space by developing and operating the world’s first, purpose-built commercial spaceport aimed at inspiring and delighting the next generation.

Catalyze stakeholders’ economic prosperity through public and private cooperation, stewardship of the environment and celebration of New Mexico’s cultural heritage.

Immerse visitors in the next generation of spaceflight in a hands-on, dynamic environment, full of authentic opportunity to participate, learn and discover.


Unlock the potential of space for everyone by offering the world an invitation to space.

Key goals:

Generate enough business activity and commercials revenue to cover operational expenses, accommodate new growth and provide funds to continue to refresh and maintain the spaceport.

Drive local job and population growth and inject the regional economy with greater demand for goods, services and skilled workforce.

Deliver efficient and effective services to all customers, whether commercial launch tenants, governmental research and development clients or visiting guests.

History/future plans:

Spaceport America is the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport, intended to be the launch pad of the global commercial spaceflight industry and the second space age. The $209 million project has attracted worldwide attention because of its bold premise, stunning Norman Foster architecture and the fact that it is home to the world’s first commercial passenger spaceline company, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Operated by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA), Spaceport America is nearing completion of the first phase of construction, which includes basic operational infrastructure such as an airfield, launch pads, terminal/hangar facility, emergency response capabilities, utilities and roadways.

The site will be capable of accommodating the activities of both vertical and horizontal takeoff space launch vehicles, serving as the base for pre-flight and post-flight activities, and providing a tourism experience for interested visitors and spectators.

The spaceport also presents
a unique opportunity to excite students regarding space technology and the underlying science and mathematics.

As a New Mexico public agency, the NMSA views the project as an investment by the taxpayers of New Mexico to support the emerging commercial space industry, thereby functioning as a catalyst for significant job creation and economic development opportunities. Spaceport America will be a key component in the state’s effort to attract space-related business to New Mexico.

U.S.-based Virgin Galactic, part of the Virgin Group founded by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and regarded by many as the current world leader in personal spaceflight, is the spaceport’s anchor tenant.

Virgin Galactic will locate its
primary launch and operational activities at Spaceport America, and its worldwide headquarters in New Mexico.

Thanks to this relationship with Virgin Galactic, a unique and favorable combination of geographic advantages, technical support from neighboring White Sands Missile Range, and a long local heritage of space-related activity, Spaceport America is positioned to become a pioneering leader of the new commercial space industry and reap the corresponding economic benefits for New Mexico.

Key people to know:

• ChristineAnderson,Executive Director

• Dr.BillGutman,Technical Operations Manager

• AaronPrescott,Business Operations Manager

• ChadRabon,General Operations Manager