December 20: The New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced that 2017 has been Spaceport America's busiest year ever. Activities included 14 vertical launches, 2 balloon flights to test Boeing equipment, and horizontal flight tests of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo mothership. In addition, 1100 students took part in the weeklong Spaceport America Cup, launching 60 rockets.
December 18: The Italian Space Agency signed a letter of intent to fly suborbital experiments aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America beginning in 2019.
December 6: Virgin Galactic announced that in 2018, 85 employees and their families will relocate to New Mexico to ramp up operations at Spaceport America. This will triple the number of Virgin Galactic employees working in the state.
November 10: The Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. in Los Alamos, NM, is doing subcontract work on a NASA-funded project to develop nuclear thermal propulsion rocket technology.
November 8: Virgin Galactic is increasing its number of full-time employees in New Mexico to 30 by the end of 2017. After some additional testing of the new SpaceShipTwo in California, testing will be moved to Spaceport America.
November 4: A team from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) launched a Mustang 6A suborbital rocket at Spaceport America. The third launch by a New Mexico Tech team successfully tested "several newly designed and innovative subsystems."