Futron Study Predicted Big Benefits for New Mexico, Lacked Risk Assessment

Credit: Futron Corporation
Credit: Futron Corporation

Ten years ago, New Mexico released an economic impact study conducted by the Futron Corporation that assessed the potential benefits of Spaceport America and the state’s newly announced partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

“The suborbital market features a strong increase in launches because of growing demand for space tourism, with the potential number of launches from the New Mexico spaceport increasing from 61 in 2010 to 426 in 2020,” the report states. “Futron estimates that the spaceport has the potential to provide the basis for creating approximately $460 million of additional economic activity in New Mexico, with some 3,460 new jobs in 2015.”


NM & Virgin Galactic Announced Spaceport America Deal 10 Years Ago

Early Spaceport America artwork showed facilities built underground. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Early Spaceport America artwork showed facilities built underground. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Space Tourism Flashback
10 Years Ago Today

SANTE FE, NM, Dec. 14, 2005 (New Mexico Economic Development Department PR) — Governor Bill Richardson and Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Companies, today announced that Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial space tourism business, will locate its world headquarters and Mission Control in New Mexico. The agreement between the State of New Mexico and Virgin Galactic calls for New Mexico to build a $225 million spaceport in the southern part of the state, on 27- square miles of state land.


Futron on the Isle of Man’s Space Competitiveness: Awesome!

Bethesda MD, November 5, 2012 (Futron PR) – Futron is pleased to release a benchmarking assessment that evaluates the space competitiveness of the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man’s space sector enjoys a competitive advantage against its peers which derives from the unique business model that the Manx government has adopted in developing the space sector on the Island.  The study, an update of an analysis originally done in 2010, finds that the Isle has strengthened and grown its space sector.


Excalibur Almaz Shoots for the Moon and Beyond

Excalibur Almaz's space tourism vehicle concept. (Credit: Excalibur Almaz)

Excalibur Almaz is looking beyond sending its Soviet-era space vehicles and stations into Earth orbit and is actively working on human missions to the moon, asteroids and lagrange points.

Excalibur Almaz CEO Art Dula outlined the company’s plans on Sunday during the International Space Development Conference in Washington. Based upon Twitter posts by attendees, here are the highlights:

  • The company has four reusable capsules (with four seats) and two space station pressure vessels that it is upgrading with modern technology
  • Planned services include crew and cargo transportation from Earth to LEO, lunar orbits and lagrange point 2 (L2)
  • EA is working with: MDA and Ad Astra (VASIMR engine) on asteroid rendezvous scenarios; ULA (launchers); Astrium (ATV-based propulsion system); NASA (Space Act Agreement on commercial crew); and Futron (marketing studies)
  • Company appears to be no longer interested in providing commercial crew services to ISS (more…)

Futron Report: America, Canada Do Well in Optimizing Space Technology, China Hindered


Futron has released new analysis that benchmarks space technology among the top 10 leading space powers, which identifies specific technologies where countries optimize their economic and industrial competitiveness, or vice versa, where nations fail to effectively leverage technical capabilities. The release of Futron’s 2010 Space Technology Capacity Index represents an important milestone in integrating technology capability and use into national space competitiveness.

According to Ms. Peggy Slye, Futron’s Chief Operating Officer, “Managing technology development at the national level requires insight into technical requirements of space programs, but, also, increasingly, must incorporate the source of technology development as well as how products and services are disseminated in a globalized and commercial space industry.”

For example, the Technology Index finds that the U.S. technological leadership is buoyed by the contribution of the industrial sector, which effectively markets, uses, and sells technology assets to government and commercial clients worldwide. Canada represents another country that effectively disseminates its technology.


Stone, Valentine and Vedda on The Space Show this Week

On The Space Show this week…

Monday, Oct. 4, 2010: 2-3:30 PM PDT: We welcome Futron’s Jacob Gullish and COO and Director of Space and Telecommunications Division, Ms. Peggy Slye. Our guests will be discussing the Futron Space Competitive Index for 2010.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PDT:
We welcome back Dennis Stone to discuss World Space Week now in progress.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7-8 PM PDT: We welcome back Dr. Lee Valentine to discuss the upcoming Space Studies Institute Conference, Space Manufacturing 14: Critical Technologies for Space Settlement, Oct. 29-31, NASA Ames Conf. Center. For more details, please see http://ssi.org.

Friday, October 8 , 2010, 9:30-11AM PDT:
We welcome the return of Dr. Jim Vedda to the program. Jim will be updating us on space policy and talking about his current book, “Choice, Not Fate.”

Sunday, October 10, 2010. 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome back Josh Neubert of the Conrad Foundation. Josh may be joined by others from the Foundation to discuss this year’s Spirit of Innovation Awards.

Space Show to Feature Futron Space Competitiveness Report

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009; 2-3:30 PM PDT: Part One of a discussion on the Futron 2009 Space Competitiveness Index with David Vaccaro and Jacob Gullish.

Tuesday, Oct. 20,2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT: Part Two of the Futron 2009 Space Competitiveness Index discussion.

Friday, October 23, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT : Doris Hamill of NASA talks about her recent Space Review article addressing space vision and missions for NASA and the industry.

4. Sunday, October 25, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT: Dennis Stone of NASA JSC will discuss World Space Week and more.

Gariott, Futron CEO Confirm for Space Business Forum: New York

Richard Garriott
Richard Garriott


Millionaut Richard Garriott and Futron CEO Joe Fuller, Jr. are among speakers who have confirmed for Space Business Forum: New York on June 4 in New York City.

The event, sponsored by the Space Foundation in association with Toffler Associates at the Hilton New York Hotel, will provide financial analysts, investment bankers, institutional advisors, venture capitalists, insurers, and others from the financial community with the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with space industry leaders.