October 1: ParabolicArc.com reported Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks is projecting an increase in activity at the spaceport next year. "'Last year we had five companies, and a couple reaching out to us. For this year, we have nine nondisclosure agreements, and another dozen companies talking to us,' Hicks said, adding that the nondisclosure agreement does not ensure that all nine companies will sign a contract with the spaceport. But three are in the contract phase now."

August 25
: Exos Aerospace conducted a successful first launch of its reusable, suborbital SARGE rocket at Spaceport America. The sounding rocket carried an experimental hands-free camera designed to monitor astronauts' vital signs continuously from a distance of several feet. It also carried a student-designed and built 3-D printed container filled with experiments.

August 13
: NASA has awarded Los Alamos-based UbiQD a grant to further develop its quantum dots technology to manipulate sunlight for optimized crop growth during space and planetary exploration missions.

August 10
: Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, NM, received one of seven NASA grants to minority-serving institutions. NTU will develop a robotics academy in partnership with the newly established Bond Wilson Center for Technologies in Kirtland, New Mexico, to provide high school students from tribal reservation communities advanced classes in aerospace manufacturing, unmanned aircraft systems, conceptual design and planning, and employee skills development. NTU will also Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute's training faculty and interns at their year-round robotics center in Albuquerque.
August 7
: A doctoral student at the University of New Mexico has identified the oldest known igneous meteorite ever found. The 4.565 billion-year-old object. The student, Poorna Srinivasan, said, "This rock ... stands out as something completely different from any of the over 40,000 meteorites that have been found on Earth."

August 6
: Astronomers using the VLA west of Socorro, NM, have detected the first radio emissions from a possible planetary mass object outside our Solar System. They also found that the object, which may be a rogue planet, has a magnetic field more than 200 times as strong as Jupiter's. At 12.7 times the mass and a radius 1.22 times that of Jupiter, the object is near the boundary between a brown dwarf and a planet.

August 1
: Up Aerospace, a suborbital rocket manufacturer that launches at Spaceport America, received one of four 5-year contracts awarded by NASA for integration and flight services.

July 26
: The third powered test of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity took the vehicle beyond the stratosphere to an altitude of 170,800 feet. It was the vehicle's third powered flight in less than four months. The spacecraft was released by the mothership at an altitude of 46,500 feet. Its rocket engine fired for 42 seconds, and the craft reached a speed of Mach 2.47. It landed about 15 minutes after release from the mothership.

July 31
: The City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science in New Mexico will host children and adults for a community discussion with astronaut Ricky Arnold aboard the ISS at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 31. The event will be broadcast on NASA television and streamed on https://www.nasa.gov/live.

July 18
: Santa Fe-based Solstar Space Company achieved a second successful test of its privately developed spacecraft wi-fi service aboard a Blue Origin test flight. The second-ever commercial Tweet from space was transmitted during an unmanned suborbital flight. Testing of the high-altitude crew-escape system gave the automated Schmitt Space Communicator an extra jolt, but it performed perfectly.

July 17
: Doña Ana County officials reported that paving of the southern road to Spaceport America is "98 percent complete." The road gives improved access to the Las Cruces community.

June 23
: The second annual Spaceport America Cup concluded with 124 teams from 10 countries competing. During the event, 95 rocket launches took place. A total of 18 teams won awards in six categories involving rockets with different propulsion systems aiming for apogees of 10,000 or 30,000 feet.

June 20
: Albuquerque-based SolAero Technologies Corp. won its first major contract for a new, powerful but low-weight solar cell for spacecraft. Already a prominent supplier for spacecraft solar cells, the company has developed a cell that generates 10 times the power of current technology at less than 60 percent of the weight.

June 19
: An Albuquerque Journal article highlighted the Los Alamos National Laboratory's successful test of a small version of a nuclear reactor that will ultimately be capable of providing power for long-term space missions. A full-size Kilopower reactor could generate enough electricity to support a four-person crew on Mars or the Moon. Five months of tests concluded with a series full-power, normal operations interrupted by power-downs.

June 8
: Base 11 announced its Space Challenge, a competition fo encourage student-led university teams to design, build, and launch a single-stage, liquid-fueled rocket to an altitude of 62 miles by December 30, 2021. The first team to succeed will win a $1 million prize. Launches will take place at Spaceport America.


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October 1: ParabolicArc.com reported Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks is projecting an increase in activity at the spaceport next year. "'Last year we had five companies, and a couple reaching out to us. For this year, we have nine nondisclosure agreements, and another dozen companies talking to us,' Hicks said, adding that the nondisclosure agreement does not ensure that all nine companies will sign a contract with the spaceport. But three are in the contract phase now."

August 25
: Exos Aerospace conducted a successful first launch of its reusable, suborbital SARGE rocket at Spaceport America. The sounding rocket carried an experimental hands-free camera designed to monitor astronauts' vital signs continuously from a distance of several feet. It also carried a student-designed and built 3-D printed container filled with experiments.

August 13
: NASA has awarded Los Alamos-based UbiQD a grant to further develop its quantum dots technology to manipulate sunlight for optimized crop growth during space and planetary exploration missions.

August 10
: Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, NM, received one of seven NASA grants to minority-serving institutions. NTU will develop a robotics academy in partnership with the newly established Bond Wilson Center for Technologies in Kirtland, New Mexico, to provide high school students from tribal reservation communities advanced classes in aerospace manufacturing, unmanned aircraft systems, conceptual design and planning, and employee skills development. NTU will also Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute's training faculty and interns at their year-round robotics center in Albuquerque.

August 7
: A doctoral student at the University of New Mexico has identified the oldest known igneous meteorite ever found. The 4.565 billion-year-old object. The student, Poorna Srinivasan, said, "This rock ... stands out as something completely different from any of the over 40,000 meteorites that have been found on Earth."

August 6
: Astronomers using the VLA west of Socorro, NM, have detected the first radio emissions from a possible planetary mass object outside our Solar System. They also found that the object, which may be a rogue planet, has a magnetic field more than 200 times as strong as Jupiter's. At 12.7 times the mass and a radius 1.22 times that of Jupiter, the object is near the boundary between a brown dwarf and a planet.

August 1
: Up Aerospace, a suborbital rocket manufacturer that launches at Spaceport America, received one of four 5-year contracts awarded by NASA for integration and flight services.

July 31
: The City of Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science in New Mexico will host children and adults for a community discussion with astronaut Ricky Arnold aboard the ISS at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 31. The event will be broadcast on NASA television and streamed on https://www.nasa.gov/live.

July 26
: The third powered test of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity took the vehicle beyond the stratosphere to an altitude of 170,800 feet. It was the vehicle's third powered flight in less than four months. The spacecraft was released by the mothership at an altitude of 46,500 feet. Its rocket engine fired for 42 seconds, and the craft reached a speed of Mach 2.47. It landed about 15 minutes after release from the mothership.

July 18
: Santa Fe-based Solstar Space Company achieved a second successful test of its privately developed spacecraft wi-fi service aboard a Blue Origin test flight. The second-ever commercial Tweet from space was transmitted during an unmanned suborbital flight. Testing of the high-altitude crew-escape system gave the automated Schmitt Space Communicator an extra jolt, but it performed perfectly.

July 17
: Doña Ana County officials reported that paving of the southern road to Spaceport America is "98 percent complete." The road gives improved access to the Las Cruces community.











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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.

Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2018.
The Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space at Spaceport America, viewed from the northeast.
Photo by Loretta Hall
UP Aerospace launch
June 21, 2013
Spaceport America
Photo by Loretta Hall