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April 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters in Dona Ana County have approved a sales tax to raise an estimated $49 million toward a $198-million tourism spaceport near the White Sands Missile Range, according to unofficial returns. "This positive vote for the spaceport ballot initiative means America's new frontier begins in southern New Mexico," Gov. Bill Richardson said.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
SpaceX, the Hawthorne rocket maker, has found a new home for flight testing on its reusable rocket. The company has signed a three-year agreement to lease land and facilities at Spaceport America, the state-owned commercial launch site located 55 miles north of Las Cruces, N.M. The announcement was made earlier this week by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. SpaceX, short for Space Exploration Technologies Corp., has been working to perfect its Grasshopper rocket technology.
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BUSINESS
June 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Los Angeles-based AECOM has been selected to design and engineer a proposed $200-million spaceport in southern New Mexico planned by Gov. Bill Richardson's administration. The company and subsidiary DMJM Aviation will provide architectural and engineering services for the Southwest Regional Spaceport. They are teaming with Albuquerque architectural and engineering firms Dekker Perich Sabatini and Molzen-Corbin & Associates.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Las Cruces, N.M., officially joined the list of the nation's major space centers Monday when a newly completed terminal and hangar facility was turned over to British billionaire Richard Branson and his commercial space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic. The company aims to launch paying customers beyond Earth's confines from the new $209-million futuristic-looking facility, named Spaceport America. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez joined Branson and a crowd of more than 800 others during the dedication ceremonies, the company said.
NEWS
April 5, 1988 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
A barren, wind-swept point near this small community will be transformed into the nation's first commercial spaceport during the next few years if the state of Hawaii has its way. State officials from the governor down are aggressively courting the international space industry with a multimillion-dollar program aimed at paving the way for companies to come here and build whatever they need to launch small payloads into orbit.
BUSINESS
November 29, 1994 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group led by ITT Corp. on Monday announced plans for a $33-million commercial-satellite "spaceport" at Vandenberg Air Force Base, in an effort to capture part of the booming launch business that is now concentrated in South America, China and Russia. The spaceport would specialize in preparing and aiding the launches of small- to medium-size payloads of up to 5,000 pounds and, if successful, would be the only major site for commercial satellite launches in the United States.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1998 | Elizabeth Douglass
Kistler Aerospace Corp. signed an agreement with the Australian government establishing a commercial space launch site in Woomera, South Australia. The operations agreement would allow Kistler to begin construction of a spaceport and start launch tests later this year. The privately owned company, which has headquarters in Los Angeles and Kirkland, Wash., still needs to complete its lease agreement and other approvals, and did not release terms of the deal.
BUSINESS
April 8, 1988 | From Reuters
Australia believes that it is ideally placed to build the world's only commercial space rocket base. Promoters of the "spaceport," planned for a vast wasteland on the northern Cape York peninsula, say the first satellite launching pad in the South Pacific could underpin Australian economic prosperity in the 21st Century.
SCIENCE
March 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A company that has sent paying tourists to the international space station said Tuesday it was scouting locations for a spaceport to send travelers on suborbital flights. Sites in Australia, the Bahamas, Florida, Japan, Malaysia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Singapore and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are under consideration, the Arlington, Va.-based firm Space Adventures said in a statement.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Las Cruces, N.M., officially joined the list of the nation's major space centers Monday when a newly completed terminal and hangar facility was turned over to British billionaire Richard Branson and his commercial space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic. The company aims to launch paying customers beyond Earth's confines from the new $209-million futuristic-looking facility, named Spaceport America. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez joined Branson and a crowd of more than 800 others during the dedication ceremonies, the company said.
NATIONAL
January 2, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi
When residents of this isolated place voted in 2008 to tax themselves to pay for an audacious redevelopment scheme -- construction of a commercial spaceport in the desert -- Kim Audette was an ardent supporter. She expressed her backing in a typically quirky Truth or Consequences manner -- sprinkling herself with "space dust" and playing pro-spaceport songs on her pink violin in a local park. That was then. Now Audette's performances include ditties denouncing local officials who support the project.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Spaceport America officials cleared a major hurdle when residents of Sierra County approved a tax aimed at financing the $200-million project. With all precincts reporting, the tax passed by 980 votes among more than 3,110 cast, the county clerk's office said. Sierra County's vote was crucial because a tax district to fund construction of the commercial spaceport needed approval by at least two counties. In neighboring Dona Ana County, the tax passed last spring by 270 votes among more than 17,000 cast.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters in Dona Ana County have approved a sales tax to raise an estimated $49 million toward a $198-million tourism spaceport near the White Sands Missile Range, according to unofficial returns. "This positive vote for the spaceport ballot initiative means America's new frontier begins in southern New Mexico," Gov. Bill Richardson said.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2006 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
After Bill McCamley got his master's degree from Harvard in 2003, he returned to this sleepy city in a forgotten corner of the third-poorest state in the country. It took him nine months to find a decent job -- selling commercial real estate. That is not unusual in this part of New Mexico, where young people flee to Colorado or Texas in search of gainful employment. But McCamley's experience left a lasting impression.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Los Angeles-based AECOM has been selected to design and engineer a proposed $200-million spaceport in southern New Mexico planned by Gov. Bill Richardson's administration. The company and subsidiary DMJM Aviation will provide architectural and engineering services for the Southwest Regional Spaceport. They are teaming with Albuquerque architectural and engineering firms Dekker Perich Sabatini and Molzen-Corbin & Associates.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2006 | From Reuters
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law that will allow his state to begin investing $110 million in a facility to launch tourists into space. The two bills Richardson signed will create the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, which will help British entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic build a spaceport near the White Sands Missile Range. The facility is estimated to cost $225 million.
REAL ESTATE
March 31, 1985 | Special to The Times
A progress report on a proposed Pacific Spaceport amusement park planned for Ormand Beach in Oxnard has been accepted by the City Council, which also agreed to continue negotiations with the SRE Development Corp. of Los Angeles. SRE paid the city $100,000 for exclusive negotiating rights for the 300 acres of land needed for the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1995 | RAJIV CHANDRASEKARAN, WASHINGTON POST
If a few scientists, business leaders and state officials have their way, Virginia could have one of the nation's busiest ports two years from now on this finger-shaped marsh just off the state's eastern shore, attracting cargo from all over the world. The facility won't be for ships, airplanes or buses, but for commercial rockets that will propel satellites and scientific experiments hundreds of miles into space. With the backing of Gov. George F.
NEWS
March 27, 2005 | Michael Graczyk, Associated Press Writer
Even skeptical locals, who've become wary of city slickers with big ideas for their town, perked up when Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos made his pitch -- a spaceport for commercial travel into space. Bezos flew into this west Texas town a few weeks ago to tell key leaders how he planned to use his newly acquired 165,000 acres of desolate ranchland.
SCIENCE
March 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A company that has sent paying tourists to the international space station said Tuesday it was scouting locations for a spaceport to send travelers on suborbital flights. Sites in Australia, the Bahamas, Florida, Japan, Malaysia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Singapore and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are under consideration, the Arlington, Va.-based firm Space Adventures said in a statement.
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