November 6: DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) announced the selection of eight commercial launch sites for its Launch Challenge competition. Spaceport America is one of the four horizontal launch sites selected. Eighteen teams have passed the pre-qualification phase by proposing a "viable solution for flexible and responsive launch." According to the Launch Challenge website, "Teams will receive days' notice to first launch site. After successfully delivering their payload to low Earth orbit (LEO), teams will get information about the second launch site. Teams again will be given days to successfully deliver their second payload to LEO."

November 5
: HyperSciences announced it has raised $3 million on its way to its $10 million goal. It is developing two applications for its hypersonic blaster technology. One is hypersonic flight capability that is currently being supported by a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from NASA. Flight tests are planned for around the end of January 2019 at Spaceport America.

October 25
: The National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) will once again be part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). It will also undergo a technical upgrade to significantly improve its capabilities.

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."



New Mexico Space News
New Mexico Space News
2018
2018
November 6: DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) announced the selection of eight commercial launch sites for its Launch Challenge competition. Spaceport America is one of the four horizontal launch sites selected. Eighteen teams have passed the pre-qualification phase by proposing a "viable solution for flexible and responsive launch." According to the Launch Challenge website, "Teams will receive days' notice to first launch site. After successfully delivering their payload to low Earth orbit (LEO), teams will get information about the second launch site. Teams again will be given days to successfully deliver their second payload to LEO."

November 5
: HyperSciences announced it has raised $3 million on its way to its $10 million goal. It is developing two applications for its hypersonic blaster technology. One is hypersonic flight capability that is currently being supported by a Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from NASA. Flight tests are planned for around the end of January 2019 at Spaceport America.

October 25
: The National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) will once again be part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). It will also undergo a technical upgrade to significantly improve its capabilities.

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."












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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