Branson Eyes Central Florida Spaceport…Eventually

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Visitor Experience Info Sought for Spaceport America

Spaceport America's runway under construction

NMSA Announcement

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) is seeking information to help in the planning and development for visitor experience and hospitality management of Spaceport America. This is not a Request for Proposals. A contract will not be awarded based on submissions, however all input is welcome and encouraged.

  • General Services – day-to-day maintenance and operation (M&O) of spaceport facilities;
  • Technical Services – overall airfield, mission and flight support management; and
  • Protective Services – security, firefighting, emergency medical and environmental services management.

Here’s the RFI (PDF).

New Mexico Spaceport Authority Seeks Deputy Director

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

NMSA PRESS RELEASE

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) is accepting applications for a Deputy Director to oversee the daily operations of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. This position announcement marks another significant milestone as the historic project transitions from a construction site to an operating spaceport.

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New Mexico Gubernatorial Candidates Give Mixed Signals on Spaceport America

Spaceport America's runway under construction

NMPolitics.net has asked New Mexico’s gubernatorial candidates about continued support for Spaceport America. The state-funded facility, now under construction in the desert near Las Cruces, was championed by outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson and will be a main launch site for suborbital space tourism flights for Virgin Galactic.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez says the state has already spent lots of money on Spaceport America and can no longer be its “major financer,” while Democratic opponent Diane Denish says she is a supporter of the spaceport but didn’t directly answer a question about the project’s funding.

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Spaceport America Wants to Hire Tour Guide Company

Spaceport America's runway under construction

NMSA ANNOUNCEMENT

The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) on July 12 seeking bids for a contractor to provide regular sightseeing tours of the Spaceport America facilities and construction jobsite to the public. The NMSA wants to start regular weekend tour service as early as September 1, 2010. Prospective bidders are encouraged to obtain details from the RFP section of the spaceport website at http://www.spaceportamerica.com/news/requests-for-proposals.html

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New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Resigns

New Mexico Spaceport Authority director resigns
Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico Spaceport Authority director Steve Landeene announced his resignation Friday.

Landeene formally resigned in a letter to the Spaceport Authority Chairman and state Economic Development Secretary Fred Mondrag-n. Landeene pointed to a new law passed this year that decreases liability for the spaceport, saying the measure was “the last major element solidifying Spaceport America.”

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Questions Raised About Spaceport America Terminal Contractor

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

Questions raised about Spaceport firm’s NM ties
Associated Press

A company that won a $32.5 million contract for construction at Spaceport America received credit for being a New Mexico business, but questions have come up over how much of a presence the firm maintains.

According to a copyright story Wednesday in the Albuquerque Journal, Summit West appears to have two offices, and the one in Albuquerque contained nothing but an unplugged telephone this week.

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