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News Archive / Tagged: Spaceport America

  • Returning astronauts safely: Starliner test provides crucial re-entry data

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 3rd, 2017

    Boeing is currently in the midst of parachute drop tests for its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which are being carried out to ensure future astronauts a safe return from space. The latest test, conducted on Feb. 22 at Spaceport America in New Mexico, provided a wealth of data essential for the safety of crews during re-entry into the atmosphere.

  • For Sale: Spaceport America?

    Jason RhianFebruary 22nd, 2015

    In 2011, at the upward arc of the NewSpace movement’s trajectory, much fanfare was made about New Mexico’s new spaceport, which would see private citizens travel into space on a regular basis. Dubbed “Spaceport America” it was touted as opening up the space frontier for average citizens; however, to date, no one has traveled to […]

  • SpaceX could launch rocket from Spaceport America in December

    Jim SharkeyOctober 19th, 2013

    Gwynne Shotwell, president and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX, announced on Wednesday that SpaceX’s  reusable Grasshopper rocket could begin test flights from Spaceport America in Las Cruces, N.M. in late December. Shotwell was in Las Cruces for the annual International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. SpaceX has made a three-year agreement to lease land and facilities at […]