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Photos: Spaceport America Blooms in New Mexico Desert

Southwest Regional Spaceport Touted as New Mexico Moneymaker

Eric Knight/UP Aerospace

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson sees a spaceport as revenue-generator for the state. In September 7 ceremony, he announced that the first rocket launch from the still-to-be-built spaceport is slated for March 2006.

New Mexico: Building A Better Spaceport

Starchaser Industries, Inc.

Public space travel is fast approaching with spaceports being designed to handle suborbital and eventual orbital traffic. Starchaser Industries is hard at work on a space tourism initiative via its Thunderstar project.

Sky High Plans For UP Aerospace

UP Aerospace

UP Aerospace will soon start flying from New Mexico spaceport site its SpaceLoft XL suborbital rocket – a key element in the firm’s business strategy to bring the cost of access to space down to Earth. Image

New Mexico Governor Richardson and SPACE.com Columnist Leonard David

Ryan Kobrick

New Mexico Governor Richardson interviewed by SPACE.com columnist Leonard David.

SpaceShipTwo on the New Runway at Spaceport America

Clara Moskowitz/SPACE.com

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo sits on the new runway at New Mexico's Spaceport America.

Space Plane Prototype Suffers Anomaly in Launch Test

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Lockheed Martin's elusive prototype autonomous rocket plane roars down launch rail in second test flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico in an August 2008.

Lockheed Test Flies Space Plane Prototype

Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin space plane demonstrator launching from site of New Mexico's Spaceport America.

UP Aerospace Launch: A Giant Candle for Closure

UP Aerospace/ASG.

An UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket blasts towards suborbital space on April 28, 2007 from Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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