New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers

Nov 22, 2014 12:47 PM by AP

There was a scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America.

That came to a screeching halt last month when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight.

Now the New Mexico Spaceport Authority is scrambling again. This time, the focus is on drawing more tenants to the nearly quarter-billion-dollar spaceport and maintaining support among the state's lawmakers.

The authority's executive director, Christine Anderson, learned this week she might have to do that one legislator at a time.

Anderson acknowledged Friday that her agency needs to do a better job of getting its message across and one of the important parts will be fostering more cooperation with business leaders as the search continues for new tenants.


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