New Mexico Space News
New Mexico Space News
2019
2019
May 30 & 31: A team of 40 undergraduate students collaborated online, video conference, and phone conversations to build two rockets without any university support or funding, or guidance from a professor. They financed the project soliciting donations. Their first launch at Spaceport America on Friday reached an altitude of 100,000 feet. The following day, the second launch reached an altitude of over 52,000 feet.

May 21
: The University of Southern California announced that more than 80 undergraduates contributed to the team's April 21 successful rocket launch on April 21 at Spaceport America. Subsequent analysis showed that the launch was the first by a student team to reach the 62-mile (100 km) altitude recognized by many as the edge of space. The USC rocket reached an altitude of 64.4 miles and reached a top speed of 3,386 miles per hour.

May 10
: Virgin Galactic announced it is moving 100 employees and their families to New Mexico by the end of the summer, along with their mothership and spaceship. Final test flights will be conducted at Spaceport America before beginning commercial flights.

May 3
: SpinLaunch announced it will break ground on May 7 on a new facility at Spaceport America. At least 20 people will work in the new facility. SpinLaunch is developing a new technology for a low-cost launch service for small satellites.


May 30 & 31: A team of 40 undergraduate students collaborated online, video conference, and phone conversations to build two rockets without any university support or funding, or guidance from a professor. They financed the project soliciting donations. Their first launch at Spaceport America on Friday reached an altitude of 100,000 feet. The following day, the second launch reached an altitude of over 52,000 feet.

May 21
: The University of Southern California announced that more than 80 undergraduates contributed to the team's April 21 successful rocket launch on April 21 at Spaceport America. Subsequent analysis showed that the launch was the first by a student team to reach the 62-mile (100 km) altitude recognized by many as the edge of space. The USC rocket reached an altitude of 64.4 miles and reached a top speed of 3,386 miles per hour.

May 10
: Virgin Galactic announced it is moving 100 employees and their families to New Mexico by the end of the summer, along with their mothership and spaceship. Final test flights will be conducted at Spaceport America before beginning commercial flights.

May 3
: SpinLaunch announced it will break ground on May 7 on a new facility at Spaceport America. At least 20 people will work in the new facility. SpinLaunch is developing a new technology for a low-cost launch service for small satellites.

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.







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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.

Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2019.
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The Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space at Spaceport America, viewed from the northwest.
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.

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