Press Release

Spaceport America Congratulates SpaceX on Milestone

By SpaceRef Editor
May 25, 2012
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(LAS CRUCES, NM)–Spaceport America congratulates SpaceX on today’s successful rendezvous and docking of their Dragon spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS), the first ever by a private, non-governmental space vehicle.

Christine Anderson, Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, said, “It’s not every day you get to witness history in the making. The successful on-orbit rendezvous of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with the ISS is a watershed moment for the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry. All of us at Spaceport America salute SpaceX for their groundbreaking achievement. We send our congratulations to Elon Musk and the entire SpaceX team, and wish them continued success of their mission.”


Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. It is situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the US Army White Sands Missile Range. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Company is the spaceport’s anchor tenant. Spaceport America has been providing commercial vertical launch services since 2006. Phase One of the spaceport development is expected to be complete in 2012. Phase One includes the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Terminal Hangar Facility, the Spaceport Operations Center, the 10,000-foot runway and supporting infrastructure.

Phase Two activities have begun and include improvements to the vertical launch complex, 2,000 ft. runway extension, additional road access to the spaceport, and the development of a world-class Visitor Experience that includes two Welcome Centers and a Visitor Center designed to delight and inspire spaceport guests.

To date, there have been 15 vertical launches at Spaceport America. Customers include Armadillo Aerospace, UP Aerospace, MOOG FTS and Lockheed Martin.

The economic impact of launches, tourism and new construction at Spaceport America is already delivering on the promise of economic development to the people of New Mexico. Over 1,000 jobs for New Mexicans have been generated to date.

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SpaceRef staff editor.