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2007-03-27 10:42:34

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico officials have set the ground work to lease part of its commercial spaceport to Virgin Galactic as a base for its space tourism company. British entrepreneur Richard Branson and the state signed a 37-page memorandum of agreement Monday, setting the terms of a lease that calls for the company to pay the state $27.5 million over 20 years. The agreement isn't legally binding, but state Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he expects a lease based on the...

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2006-10-01 20:53:37

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) - A rocket that was the first launched from a commercial spaceport in New Mexico - and the first to crash - has been found in the desert, company officials said Saturday. The 20-foot SpaceLoft XL rocket was found nearly a week after it wobbled and went off course seconds after takeoff from Spaceport America in Upham on Monday afternoon. The unmanned rocket crashed Monday in the rugged southern New Mexico desert after reaching about 40,000 feet, well short of UP Aerospace's...

2006-09-25 18:09:33

UPHAM, N.M. -- The first rocket launched from New Mexico's spaceport failed to reach suborbital space Monday, wobbling and dropping back to Earth barely a tenth of the way into its intended journey. The unmanned, 20-foot SpaceLoft XL rocket, among the first to be launched from any commercial U.S. spaceport, was carrying various experiments and other payloads for its planned journey 70 miles above Earth. The rocket took off at 2:14 p.m. and was supposed to drop back to Earth about 13 minutes...

2006-03-01 17:02:31

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday that will allow his state to begin investing $110 million in a facility to launch tourists into space. "These bills will help create tremendous economic impact for New Mexico, and particularly Southern New Mexico," Richardson said in a statement on the planned spaceport in Upham near the White Sands Missile Range. "This is a unique opportunity for New Mexico to be on the ground floor...

2006-01-26 20:21:13

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday a plan to spend $100 million in state money to build a facility to launch tourists into space will take flight, despite objections in the state legislature. Richardson, a Democrat considered a potential presidential contender, wants to help British entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic build a one-of-its-kind commercial spaceport near a small town neighboring the White Sands Missile...

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2005-12-13 12:03:36

LONDON -- Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 "founders" who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. Virgin Galactic is planning to begin...


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