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Final Spaceport Phase

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Spaceport Authority approved a pair of new contracts this week worth a combined $1.13 million as part of the final phase of construction at Spaceport America.

SDV Construction of Albuquerque was selected for a $647,389, 18-month contract to oversee and manage the phase 2 construction activities at Spaceport America.

Responsibilities include overseeing the building of the Visitor Experience facilities, runway extension, internal road realignment, the construction of the entrance facility and associated utilities extension, the authority said in a news release.

AMEC Environment and Infrastructure Inc. of Albuquerque was awarded the Quality Assurance Testing Services contract at $488,969 over a 12-month contract period. That contract covers testing services for the Spaceport America runway extension.

The Spaceport Authority board said that in September it approved the award of the runway modification contract to A.S. Horner, also an Albuquerque-based company. The board also OK’d a contract to Ashbaugh Construction for the proposed site for the Sierra County Welcome Center.

“The spaceport has created well over 1,000 construction jobs to date and we are pleased to be able to award these recent contracts to companies located in New Mexico creating additional employment for our state,” Christine Anderson, executive director of the Spaceport Authority said in a statement.

The Spaceport Operations Center and the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space terminal hangar building have both earned their Certificate of Occupancy from the state of New Mexico. The interior design is under way.

The operations center will house support contractors and authority staff. The terminal hangar building will house the Virgin Galactic staff and commercial flight operations.

The spaceport continues to host vertical launches including its 17th on Nov. 3 conducted by Armadillo Aerospace of Heath, Texas. More vertical launches are expected to take place within the next 12 months, the authority said.

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— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal