Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the January 2018 installment.
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the January 2018 installment.
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On December 20, 2017, Kevin Robinson-Avila reported the following in the Albuquerque Journal:

Spaceport America in southern New Mexico logged its busiest year in launch activity since construction of the facility began in 2006.

It hosted 14 vertical rocket launches by different Spaceport tenants during fiscal year 2017, plus two balloon flights by the Boeing Co. and horizontal flight tests of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, the mothership that will carry future passenger rockets part way to space when the company eventually launches commercial activities in New Mexico.

Others conducted launch-system testing during the year, and some 1,100 students descended on the Spaceport in June for a worldwide collegiate rocket competition dubbed the Spaceport America Cup. That weeklong event, organized by the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, featured 60 launches of up to 30,000 feet by teams from a dozen countries.

That makes 101 launches to date out of the Spaceport, demonstrating the facility's potentially magnetic appeal to the emerging commercial space industry, Spaceport CEO Dan Hicks told the Albuquerque Economic Forum on Wednesday morning.




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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 2010-2018.

On December 20, 2017, Kevin Robinson-Avila reported the following in the Albuquerque Journal:

Spaceport America in southern New Mexico logged its busiest year in launch activity since construction of the facility began in 2006.

It hosted 14 vertical rocket launches by different Spaceport tenants during fiscal year 2017, plus two balloon flights by the Boeing Co. and horizontal flight tests of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo, the mothership that will carry future passenger rockets part way to space when the company eventually launches commercial activities in New Mexico.

Others conducted launch-system testing during the year, and some 1,100 students descended on the Spaceport in June for a worldwide collegiate rocket competition dubbed the Spaceport America Cup. That weeklong event, organized by the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, featured 60 launches of up to 30,000 feet by teams from a dozen countries.

That makes 101 launches to date out of the Spaceport, demonstrating the facility's potentially magnetic appeal to the emerging commercial space industry, Spaceport CEO Dan Hicks told the Albuquerque Economic Forum on Wednesday morning.








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 2010-2018.

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