Starchaser rethinking NM Spaceport America site

British-based Starchaser Industries says it is reconsidering whether to launch its rocket from New Mexico in favor of sites in Europe and Florida, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

CEO Steve Bennett told the paper that after conducting a study on launch options, “it became clear that New Mexico may not be the optimum location from which to conduct Starchaser operations.” Bennett didn’t elaborate, but the company’s closed its facility near Las Cruces in November.

Spaceport America officials said that Starchaser’s decision would not affect plans for the facility, which is set to open in 2010.