The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) has issued request for proposals in order to purchase land for a pair of Spaceport America welcome centers in Truth or Consequences and Hatch.
The authority plans to purchase the land and have developers build the centers, which will be staging areas for tourists who will take buses to the desert spaceport. NMSA will lease the buildings from the developers under long-term agreements.
This plan is seen as a more affordable approach than the earlier one under which the authority would have built and operated the welcome centers. The new plan bypasses recommendations made by local committees as to where to build the centers. Hatch also convinced a landowner to donate property for the facility in that town.
Visit the Welcome Center Land Purchase RFP page to download the RFP.