April 13: The most recent launch from Spaceport America was a rocket developed jointly by students at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Rocket Team and the Las Cruces company White Sands Research and Developers. The rocket reached an altitude of 23,500 feet and a speed of Mach 1.2.

March 11
: The University of New Mexico is one of nine institutions chosen by NASA to examine pristine Moon samples returned by Apollo astronauts. These samples have been vacuum-sealed and frozen (Apollo 17) or stored in helium (Apollo 15) since 1972 and 1971, respectively.

March 2
: Exos Aerospace launched a Sarge rocket from Spaceport America. It was the first time it launched a rocket that had flown before. This suborbital flight carried six research payloads.

February 22
: On it fifth powered test flight, SpaceShipTwo Unity reached an altitude of 56.25 miles with three people aboard. Top speed was Mach 3.04.

January 24
: Richard Branson announced that only a short series of flight tests of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo remain before the company begins commercial flights. He expects to be aboard the inaugural flight around midyear 2019.

January 24
: Virgin Galactic selected Under Armour to design the uniforms for its employees and customers at Spaceport America.

January 14
: SpinLaunch announced it will operate at Spaceport America. The company plans to launch objects into space using electricity instead of fossil fuels.

January 8
: An increase large contracts, primarily for space-related projects, prompted Northrop Grumman to announce that it will double its workforce in Albuquerque. The expansion will take place over the next three years.

January 3
: Exos Aerospace's planned second launch of its SARGE rocket scheduled for January 5 at Spaceport America was postponed because of the federal government partial shutdown. Exos had applied for a modification of its launch license. The flight has been rescheduled for February 9.

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April 13: The most recent launch from Spaceport America was a rocket developed jointly by students at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Rocket Team and the Las Cruces company White Sands Research and Developers. The rocket reached an altitude of 23,500 feet and a speed of Mach 1.2.

March 11
: The University of New Mexico is one of nine institutions chosen by NASA to examine pristine Moon samples returned by Apollo astronauts. These samples have been vacuum-sealed and frozen (Apollo 17) or stored in helium (Apollo 15) since 1972 and 1971, respectively.

March 2
: Exos Aerospace launched a Sarge rocket from Spaceport America. It was the first time it launched a rocket that had flown before. This suborbital flight carried six research payloads.

February 22
: On it fifth powered test flight, SpaceShipTwo Unity reached an altitude of 56.25 miles with three people aboard. Top speed was Mach 3.04.

January 24
: Richard Branson announced that only a short series of flight tests of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo remain before the company begins commercial flights. He expects to be aboard the inaugural flight around midyear 2019.

January 24
: Virgin Galactic selected Under Armour to design the uniforms for its employees and customers at Spaceport America.

January 14
: SpinLaunch announced it will operate at Spaceport America. The company plans to launch objects into space using electricity instead of fossil fuels.

January 8
: An increase large contracts, primarily for space-related projects, prompted Northrop Grumman to announce that it will double its workforce in Albuquerque. The expansion will take place over the next three years.

January 3
: Exos Aerospace's planned second launch of its SARGE rocket scheduled for January 5 at Spaceport America was postponed because of the federal government partial shutdown. Exos had applied for a modification of its launch license. The flight has been rescheduled for February 9.

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Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.
Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.

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Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2019.