Take a closer look inside the first all-purpose commercial spaceport built in New Mexico. After more than a decade, Virgin Galactic is aiming to become the first private company to take tourists to space July 11, 2021.

  • New Mexico native Wally Funk launches into space decades after astronaut training
    NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A New Mexico native who waited decades to get her chance to visit space, finally got her wings Tuesday. Wally Funk was among the four-passenger crew aboard Blue Origin‘s first human flight into suborbital space, also becoming the oldest person to go up into space. Funk was born in Las Vegas and […]
  • FAA opens Houston office to oversee New Mexico, Texas space operations
    NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Federal Aviation Administration announced the opening of a safety field office that will increase the administration’s oversight of commercial space operations in Texas and New Mexico. The new field office will be in Houston, Texas. Officials say this location will improve monitoring of ongoing testing programs and commercial space tourism operations […]
  • Spaceport America sees uptick in tourism interest after Virgin Galactic launch
    NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico is still riding the high of Virgin Galactic’s historic spaceflight from Spaceport America near Las Cruces. It’s already having an impact on tourism at the Spaceport and officials are thinking about how to keep that momentum going. “A new chapter of tourism was written there at Spaceport America. And it’s always […]
  • Virgin Galactic holds sweepstakes offering a trip to space
    NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Following Virgin Galactic’s successful Unity 22 Mission, the company is holding a sweepstakes for a trip to suborbital space. The giveaway in partnership with charity fundraiser Omaze Inc. will let two winners go onboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity in early 2022. Winners will also get an all-expenses-paid trip to New Mexico and […]
  • Where does ‘space’ begin? Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin disagree on definition amid Richard Branson’s flight
    Branson’s successfully rocketed to an altitude of approximately 282,000 feet, or over 53 miles, on a Virgin Galactic space plane following Sunday morning’s launch from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. But some — including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight company — claim that space starts at 62 miles up.