Progress Report on Spaceport America

The road to Spaceport America on its groundbreaking day. Virgin Galactic and New Mexico hope it will soon be paved in gold. (Photo Credit: Lucinda Weisbach)
The road to Spaceport America on its groundbreaking day. Virgin Galactic and New Mexico hope it will soon be paved in gold. (Photo Credit: Lucinda Weisbach)

The Spaceport America Winter Newsletter has been published with construction updates on the New Mexico facility:

Runway Progress

The 10,000-by-200-foot Spaceport America runway is over 70% 35% paved with asphalt. The final phase is expected to start soon, adding 14 inches of concrete for the top finish surface. The asphalt and concrete production facilities are on-site at the spaceport. Runway construction is overseen by David Montoya Construction, Inc., headquartered in Albuquerque, NM.

Site Utilities/Waste Water Treatment

AUI of New Mexico is coordinating the Site Utilities/Waste Water Treatment work at the spaceport. In November, work on the wastewater storage facility progressed with two 250,000-gallon wastewater storage tanks installed on site.

Spaceport America delivering Jobs for New Mexico in Tough Economic Times

Acting as an economic stimulus was not the original intent, but Spaceport America is delivering jobs for New Mexicans. The current contractors have confirmed 467 jobs at work with an additional 150 to 300 anticipated as the Terminal Hangar Facility and the remaining project elements come on line. Steve Landeene commented, “It is wonderful to see NMSA’s bid strategy of small construction packages delivering jobs for New Mexico contractors and competitive bid prices.”