December 16: California-based SpinLaunch announced it will be expanding its operations and facilities at Spaceport America over the next 10 years. The company plans to have a permanent presence at the facility and begin test launches in 2021.

December 11: Virgin Galactic's test flight from Spaceport America was aborted shortly after SpaceShipTwo's engine ignited. The engine was not at fault. The loss of a monitoring computer connection to the engine triggered an automatic shutdown. The safety system worked as designed.

November 30: NASA announced it has selected Virgin Galactic as one of two companies to provide flight and integration services for payloads chosen by the agency's Flight Opportunities program in contracts running through July 31, 2023.

November 17: Stratodynamics Inc. and researchers from the University of Kentucky announced they will be conducting tests of equipment to detect atmospheric turbulence at Spaceport America for two weeks in early December. Validation of the technology is a NASA Flight Opportunities project.

November 3: A new Deployable Structures Laboratory is opening at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. The facility can test small to large satellites, advanced composite materials, and structures in a secure, climate-controlled, vibration-isolated lab.

October 27: Virgin Galactic has hired two additional pilots to train for flying its mothership and spaceship at Spaceport America, its base of operations.

October 14: The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) have signed an agreement to work with Spaceport America to continue to improve overall flight safety and efficient flight operations at the Spaceport America Cup.

October 12: C6 Launch Systems, which builds rockets designed to launch small satellites, will begin testing integration of its launch system components at Spaceport America in January 2021. Its work at the spaceport will begin with building a new test stand at the facility's vertical launch site.




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December 16: California-based SpinLaunch announced it will be expanding its operations and facilities at Spaceport America over the next 10 years. The company plans to have a permanent presence at the facility and begin test launches in 2021.

December 11
: Virgin Galactic's test flight from Spaceport America was aborted shortly after SpaceShipTwo's engine ignited. The engine was not at fault. The loss of a monitoring computer connection to the engine triggered an automatic shutdown. The safety system worked as designed.

November 30
: NASA announced it has selected Virgin Galactic as one of two companies to provide flight and integration services for payloads chosen by the agency's Flight Opportunities program in contracts running through July 31, 2023.

November 17
: Stratodynamics Inc. and researchers from the University of Kentucky announced they will be conducting tests of equipment to detect atmospheric turbulence at Spaceport America for two weeks in early December. Validation of the technology is a NASA Flight Opportunities project.

November 3
: A new Deployable Structures Laboratory is opening at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque. The facility can test small to large satellites, advanced composite materials, and structures in a secure, climate-controlled, vibration-isolated lab.

October 27
: Virgin Galactic has hired two additional pilots to train for flying its mothership and spaceship at Spaceport America, its base of operations.

October 14
: The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) and the Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) have signed an agreement to work with Spaceport America to continue to improve overall flight safety and efficient flight operations at the Spaceport America Cup.

October 12
: C6 Launch Systems, which builds rockets designed to launch small satellites, will begin testing integration of its launch system components at Spaceport America in January 2021. Its work at the spaceport will begin with building a new test stand at the facility's vertical launch site.









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Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

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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 2010-2020.
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