February 15: The SETI Institute is beginning to develop hardware and software to install in the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico to piggyback on the VLA's normal observations for other scientists. SETI is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Operations will begin in late 2021.

February 13: Virgin Galactic's spaceship Unity arrived at its new home, Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. Following some additional test flights, commercial operations will begin at the spaceport.

January 30: Spaceport America announced two new tennants coming in 2020. TMD Defense and Space will begin testing ballistic missiles there this fall. White Sands Research and Developers will develop a payload testing station at the spaceport as well as making the facility its home base for rocket launches.

January 29: NASA is opening its Flight Opportunities program to allowing researchers to ride along with their experiments on high-altitude balloons (such as those launched from Fort Sumner, New Mexico) and reusable suborbital vehicles including Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (which will fly from Spaceport America).

January 25: After two years of testing, a new tool is ready to start investigating the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system. NESSI (the New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument) was developed by the New Mexico Tech university and JPL. It is mounted on the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory in California.

January 16: SpinLaunch raised $35 million (in addition to an earlier $45 million) to fund development of its innovative kinetic launch system. Part of the new funds will be used to complete its flight test facility at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The company plans its first flight test later this year, with commercial launches beginning in 2022 if all goes well.

January 1: New Mexico astronomer Alan Hale (of Comet Hale-Bopp fame) started a weekly online educational site called Ice and Stone 2020. Each week's posting features a look back at "This Week in History," a "Comet of the Week," and a "Special Topic" related to small extraterrestrial bodies. RocketSTEM mirrors Hale's weekly postings with two additions: downloadable educational resources and the ability to sign up for emails to let you know when weekly posts are online (a handy reminder so you don't forget to check out the new information).
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February 15: The SETI Institute is beginning to develop hardware and software to install in the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico to piggyback on the VLA's normal observations for other scientists. SETI is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Operations will begin in late 2021.

February 13
: Virgin Galactic's spaceship Unity arrived at its new home, Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. Following some additional test flights, commercial operations will begin at the spaceport.

January 30
: Spaceport America announced two new tennants coming in 2020. TMD Defense and Space will begin testing ballistic missiles there this fall. White Sands Research and Developers will develop a payload testing station at the spaceport as well as making the facility its home base for rocket launches.

January 29
: NASA is opening its Flight Opportunities program to allowing researchers to ride along with their experiments on high-altitude balloons (such as those launched from Fort Sumner, New Mexico) and reusable suborbital vehicles including Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (which will fly from Spaceport America).

January 25
: After two years of testing, a new tool is ready to start investigating the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system. NESSI (the New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument) was developed by the New Mexico Tech university and JPL. It is mounted on the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory in California.

January 16
: SpinLaunch raised $35 million (in addition to an earlier $45 million) to fund development of its innovative kinetic launch system. Part of the new funds will be used to complete its flight test facility at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The company plans its first flight test later this year, with commercial launches beginning in 2022 if all goes well.

January 1
: New Mexico astronomer Alan Hale (of Comet Hale-Bopp fame) started a weekly online educational site called Ice and Stone 2020. Each week's posting features a look back at "This Week in History," a "Comet of the Week," and a "Special Topic" related to small extraterrestrial bodies. RocketSTEM mirrors Hale's weekly postings with two additions: downloadable educational resources and the ability to sign up for emails to let you know when weekly posts are online (a handy reminder so you don't forget to check out the new information).





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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 2010-2019.
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