Spaceport America Groundbreaking Schedule

Artist Impression of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipOne over Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Artist Impression of Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipOne over Spaceport America in New Mexico.

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority has released the schedule for the two days of festivies surrounding the groundbreaking for Spaceport America on June 18-19. It will include speeches, exhibits, and (weather permitting) a flyover by Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo. For those who can’t make it in person, the groundbreaking ceremony will be webcast.

Spaceport America Groundbreaking Events Schedule

Thursday, June 18, 2009

LAS CRUCES COMMUNITY EVENT (FREE TO THE PUBLIC) – 5:00 PM

Main campus of New Mexico State University at Hadley Hall on the Horseshoe

Map link: http://www.nmsu.edu/General/Maps/1a.html

5:15 — 6:00 PM – Live Music from “Mariachi Spaceport America” (Orlando Antonio Jimenez and Group), as well as exhibits, kids games and WSMR space vehicle display with NASA support

6:00 PM – Speakers:

Welcome – Ken Miyagishima, Mayor, City of Las Cruces
Bill Richardson, Governor, State of New Mexico
Daniela Glick, Chairwoman, New Mexico Spaceport Authority
George Nield, Associate Administrator, FAA/AST
Dr. Manuel Pacheco, Interim President, NMSU
Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director, Virgin Galactic

7 to 8:00 PM – Live music from “Liquid Cheese”

“The Patriot” Space Shuttle hot air balloon, kids games and WSMR space vehicle display with NASA support
Food and beverages available throughout the event

8:00 PM – Event concludes

Friday, June 19, 2009

TRUTH or CONSEQUENCES COMMUNITY EVENT – 8:00 AM (FREE TO THE PUBLIC)

Ralph Edwards Park in Truth or Consequences

Driving Directions:
Take I-25 to Truth or Consequences. Exit 79 to Date Street.
Turn left on Riverside Drive for approximately one block.

8 AM – Community Celebration Event begins

8:45 AM – Speakers:
Welcome; Lori Montgomery, Mayor, Truth or Consequences
Bill Richardson, Governor, State of New Mexico
Steve Landeene, Executive Director, Spaceport America
Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director, Virgin Galactic

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY- 11:00 AM

(Simultaneous webcast of Groundbreaking can be seen at www.spaceportamerica.com)

11:00 AM – On-site Ceremony Begins

National Anthem

Speakers:
Welcome; Eunice Kent, Mayor, City of Elephant Butte
Master of Ceremonies; Daniela Glick, Chairwoman, New Mexico Spaceport Authority
Bill Richardson, Governor, State of New Mexico
Will Whitehorn, President, Virgin Galactic
Allan Lockheed Jr., Engineer, son of Lockheed Founder Allan Loughead
George Nield, Associate Administrator FAA/AST
Steve Landeene, Executive Director, Spaceport America

HISTORIC FLYOVER:

Virgin Galactic WhiteKnight Two flyover contingent upon weather and aircraft test flight schedule conditions