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.

  • LANL’s test launch successful, begins 5 years of data collection
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (KRQE) – Scientists from Los Alamos are testing suborbital satellites at Spaceport America. The Los Alamos National Laboratory partnered with UP Aerospace in Colorado for an experimental launch last month. They sent an 800-pound rocket more than 60 miles into the atmosphere at six times the speed of sound. The rocket sends back flight […]
  • NASA student challenge will launch winning designs from Spaceport America
    NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – NASA is calling on all 6th through 12th-grade educators and students to submit experiments that could be launched from Spaceport America. It’s part of the NASA TechRise Student Challenge. Organizers of the challenge hope it will inspire a deeper understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, space exploration and the value of test data. […]
  • Virgin Galactic ups tickets to $450K per seat, next test set for Sept.
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Following a successful first fully-crewed flight to suborbital space, Virgin Galactic says it’s ready to reopen ticket sales to customers for nearly a half-million dollars. The commercial spaceline announced Friday tickets onboard the future service will now be priced at $450,000 per seat, a $200,000 increase from their initial price set […]
  • 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 […]