Formal Virgin Galactic/Spaceport America agreement imminent

Today’s Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a formal agreement between Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America could be signed as soon as today. The agreement would finalize Virgin’s use of the spaceport once it’s completed (although there has been at least an informal understanding since late 2005, and signed an MOU for leasing the spaceport in 2007), and it’s one of three requirements for the state funding the spaceport won in 2006. (The other two are a final cost estimate below $225 million, which has been achieved, and a FAA spaceport license, which is in the final stages of being awarded.) Signing the agreement today or tomorrow would be good timing, since it could be tied into the ISPCS now underway in Las Cruces, although there’s nothing on the conference schedule for this right now.

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