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UPDATED: N.M. Spaceport’s 10th Launch A-OK

LAS CRUCES (AP) — Spaceport America officials say they have successfully launched the 10nth rocket from the southern New Mexico launch site.

The SpaceLoft-6 reached the highest altitude on record for a launch for the spaceport north of Dona Ana County.

A news release issued by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority said the liftoff of the suborbital rocket took place from Spaceport America around 8:18 a.m.

The rocket reached an altitude of 73 miles or 385,640 feet.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the primary payloads were Department of Defense experiments. Additional payloads were carried for the Federal Aviation Administration, the University of Texas and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

8:46am — Launch Set Today at Spaceport America

LAS CRUCES (AP) — A spokesman for New Mexico Spaceport Authority says a rocket launch is planned today at the southern New Mexico launch site.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Kirtland Air Force Base says the SpaceLoft-6 rocket will launch today.

The rocket will be carrying seven payloads “crucial” to future work by a Kirtland Air Force Base division called the Operationally Responsive Space Office.

According to the Air Force, the flight will last 13 minutes and reach an altitude of 70 miles.