As Virgin Galactic works to conquer passenger travel to the edge of space from southern New Mexico, Spaceport America is already eyeing the next frontier – launching satellites into low Earth orbit.
Spaceport authorities are actively pursuing that goal, seeking out existing launch companies and new startups to lure them here, while simultaneously planning the administrative and structural measures needed for the state to capture a significant chunk of the emerging small satellite market, said Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks.
“Virgin Galactic’s suborbital flights are igniting excitement across the globe and drawing attention to Spaceport America,” Hicks said. “In the near future, orbital launches of small satellites will also drive the spaceport forward. We’re looking now at companies that have those technologies as well.”