A New Dawn in Space Exploration

With the dawn of the 21st century, mankind has turned its gaze towards the stars. From the first steps on the moon to the latest mission on Mars, our species’ thirst for knowledge and exploration has been unquenchable. And right at the heart of this cosmic odyssey is Spaceport America, a testament to human ambition and technological innovation.

About: Spaceport America

The Dream Takes Flight

Spaceport America is more than just a launch site; it’s a symbol of mankind’s unyielding spirit of exploration. Situated in the scenic landscape of New Mexico, it’s the first facility of its kind, built specifically for launching commercial spacecraft. It’s the place where science fiction meets reality, where dreams take flight, and the impossible becomes the everyday.

What is Spaceport America

In the United States, a Spaceport is an entity licensed by the Secretary of Transportation  through the FAA for the purpose of launch or re-entry. Spaceport America, located about 20 miles southeast of Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences, is the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, launching both horizontally and vertically.  While the first of its kind, Spaceport America is in good company as there are nearly 20 other spaceports in the U.S. and roughly 100 worldwide.

What is Spaceport America’s MIssion?

Spaceport’s mission is multifaceted: (1) Create the statutory framework needed to ensure the facility operates efficiently, (2) facilitate city, county and state growth through the development of the facility; (3) create a variety of jobs by attracting and growing new industries and businesses, and (4) promote education and workforce training to develop skills needed to support Spaceport operations.  

Why was New Mexico Chosen as Spaceport’s Location?

There are several reasons why New Mexico was selected as the site for Spaceport America, including low population, 340+ days of sunshine, high elevation, no salt-air corrosion, access to 6,000 square miles of restricted White Sands Missile Range airspace and access to assets from White Sands and Alamogordo bases.

A Guiding Light: Scott McLaughlin

A Passion for Progress

At the helm of this audacious project is Scott McLaughlin, a New Mexico native with a most impressive resume, which includes key positions at White Sands Missile Range, NASA,  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Spaceport America.  Having worked in government as well as private sectors, Scott is well versed in the challenges and benefits of both, allowing him to better navigate through difficult operational challenges and red tape.

Dealing with Skepticism: It’s a New Day.

Just like any revolutionary endeavor, Spaceport America has been met with a fair share of skepticism, particularly since it was launch worthy in 2010 but saw little activity for years.  But Scott McLaughlin remains undeterred, committed to addressing these concerns head-on, sharing what lies on the horizon for Spaceport America and its tenants.  And what lies on the horizon is nothing short of inspiring!

Spaceport America: What’s Happening Now?

On the Launch Pad: Current Projects

The prestigious tenants at Spaceport America are all actively pursuing tests and operations, albeit quite different from one another. Virgin Galactic will begin commercial operations in the second quarter of 2023 and suborbital passenger flights in the fourth quarter; AeroVironment/HAPSMobile is developing and testing a sci-fi-looking 260’-wingspan airplane that can fly to 80,000 feet; SpinLaunch, with the largest span vacuum chamber ever built, has conducted 9 successful centrifuge-launched test satellites to date; and  UP Aerospace had had 15 successful launches since 2006, including successfully launching the SL-16 rocket in August of 2021, which was the third successful separation and re-entry mission by UP Aerospace.

But that’s not all! There’s a whole host of exciting initiatives on the horizon. Stay tuned for more updates about what’s in store for Spaceport America.

FAQs: Demystifying Spaceport America

1. What is Spaceport America’s main goal?

Spaceport America’s primary goal is to further space flights and exploration, helping to propel the burgeoning private space industry forward while also growing local and statewide jobs and economy.

2. Who is Scott McLaughlin and what’s his role at Spaceport America?

Scott McLaughlin is the Executive Director at Spaceport America who started as Director of Business Development  and then was selected as the Executive Director in March or 2021. He oversees every aspect of Spaceport America to ensure it achieves its fourfold mission – efficient operations, continued growth, job growth and training.

5. What initiatives show Spaceport is dedicated to youth development?

Spaceport America hosts Spaceport America Cup, the world’s largest Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), with nearly 6,000 college students comprising 152 teams from 32 countries , six continents and 120+ institutions , all vying for the coveted Spaceport America Cup title. This  year’s week-long competition, at which spectators are welcome, will be held June 19-24 and will see students launch solid, liquid and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet.  

6. What is the relationship between Spaceport America and the USAF Thunderbirds?

For the past two years, the Thunderbirds have conducted their winter training at Spaceport America.  Roughly 70 pilots and support staff are on site for about two weeks to train and hone their demonstration skills.  The 12,000’ runway and exceptional make Spaceport an ideal location for these exercises, and local residents experience the thrill of seeing spectacular flight formations.

6. How does Spaceport America address skepticism within the community?

Spaceport America, through Scott McLaughlin and his executive team, addresses skepticism by providing transparent information about their projects and goals. They believe in engaging the community and dispelling misconceptions about their operations while sharing details about the bright future of Spaceport America.

Conclusion: A Leap into the Future with Spaceport America

Spaceport America isn’t just about launching rockets; it’s about launching dreams, setting the stage for a future where space travel becomes as common as catching a flight to another city.From mentoring the next generation to preparing for the next big launch, Spaceport America is about more than just experimentation, testing and space flight – it’’s about innovation, inspiration, and the indomitable human spirit. So, strap in, hold tight, and get ready for a thrilling ride into the future!


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