LAS CRUCES — Spaceport Authority officials had already prepared their request for the upcoming legislative session when a tragic accident during a test flight for Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft on Oct. 31 upended all of their revenue expectations for the coming fiscal year at least.
As a result, they have requested an additional $1.7 million from lawmakers when they meet for a 60-day session starting Tuesday. The funding would be a special appropriation, on top of the general appropriation they had already prepared, and would only be used if needed, Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson said.
“It’s important to have that cushion,” Anderson said. “We’re very actively seeking other customers in a variety of business sectors, so I’m hoping we don’t need all of that. But, it’s prudent to have it.”