Spaceport America’s big day is today

Gov. Richardson at NMSU Spaceport America event

Today is the groundbreaking for Spaceport America, and events kicked off late yesterday with a public event on the campus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces featuring Gov. Bill Richardson (speaking above) and representatives from the city, university, FAA, and Virgin Galactic. No news came out of that event, with the speeches largely congratulating Virgin and local and state officials for their work getting the spaceport from a concept to something that will actually start to be built. There was also a strong emphasis on the jobs, especially high-paying high-tech positions, that the region hopes the spaceport will create.

One other item: at a VIP reception after the NMSU public event, Will Whitehorn of Virgin Galactic announced that SpaceShipTwo will be unveiled and flown for the first time on December 7. Presumably that flight will be a glide test, not a powered flight.

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