About Spaceport America
As the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America is designed with the needs of space tourism in mind. Unique geographic benefits, striking iconic design, and the tradition of New Mexico space leadership are coming together to create a new way to travel into space. The spaceport building is designed to convey the thrill of space travel while making a minimal impact on the environment. The low-lying, organic shape resembles a rise in the landscape, and will use local materials and regional construction techniques. The spaceport has been planned to achieve the prestigious LEED Platinum rating. A careful balance between accessibility and privacy is achieved, as visitors and astronauts enter the building through a deep channel cut in the landscape. The walls will form an exhibition area leading to a galleried level above the hangar that houses the spacecraft and on through to the terminal building. Natural light enters via skylights, with a glazed façade reserved for the terminal building, establishing a platform for spectacular views onto the runway. The building will provide a destination experience for visitors.
Where is it located
Spaceport America is located about 60 miles north of Las Cruces off of Interstate 25. Future plans call for welcome centers to be located at two points along Interstate 25, one of which will be the hub of travel to and from the facility which will be located several miles east of the interstate.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm and is located at at 301 S. Foch St. in Truth or Consequences, NM. For more information visit www.spaceportamerica or call 1-844-7-2SPACE.
Follow the Sun Spaceport America Visitor Experience
The Spaceport America Visitor Center is located in the historic downtown district of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Visitors can interact with a number of Spaceport America exhibits and reserve or purchase tour tickets and official Spaceport America merchandise prior to journeying out to the Spaceport America site.
The new Spaceport America Gateway Gallery Experience is located within the 110,000-square foot Gateway to Space building and is packed with exciting and informative displays and interactive educational games for all ages designed to give guests a greater understanding and appreciation for commercial space and the rich legacy of space technology in New Mexico. The exhibit has a wide selection of fun activities including interactive games, kiosks, a 3-D Magic Planet digital globe and a specially designed G-Shock simulator which subjects would-be astronaut’s to rapid acceleration
comparable to what actual astronaut feel in flight.
Booking Your Tour Through Spaceport America
Spaceport America tours are available on a daily basis and take approximately 3.5 hours to complete.
Tickets: Walk-up/General Admission
Adults: $49.99; Discounted Online
General Admission Adults: $44.99
Youth (Under 18): $29.99
$25.00 per person for residents of Sierra and Dona Ana counties
Advance booking is recommended. The Spaceport America Visitor Center is located at 301 S. Foch St. in Truth or Consequences, NM. To reserve your invitation to space:
Call 1-844-7-2SPACE or visit: spaceportamerica.com/experience
Spaceport America Signature Event Series
Sharing and showcasing the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport through sports, technology, racing and rockets with five recurring annual signature events
The Spaceport America signature event series will begin with the annual Spaceport America Open House on October 1, 2016. The Spaceport America Crew along with Virgin Galactic and other Spaceport customers are scheduled to be there to interact with visitors and share their knowledge of what it takes to run a commercial spaceport and commercial space. Free to the public, registration opens September 1, 2016. spaceportamerica.com/openhouse
The Spaceport America Drone Summit, November 11-13, 2016 will welcome drone pilots, speakers, vendors and spectators to three action-packed days of drone racing, drone workshops, fixed-wing demonstrations, drone cinematography and more. Sanctioned by the AMA – Academy of Model Aeronautics and supported by the New Mexico Filmmakers Give Back, the Spaceport America Drone Summit, will be a can’t-miss event for drone enthusiasts and spectators alike.
Click here to sign up.
Spaceport America Mile
Spaceport America’s two mile long spaceway is a racer’s dream. MKM Racing Promotions LLC and the Spaceport America Crew will host and support the Spaceport America Mile, a standing one mile vehicle racing event to be held from March 10-12, 2017.
Racers, volunteers, sponsors and spectators, click here to sign up and for the latest news.
Spaceport America Relay Race
Next Spring will bring the Spaceport America Relay Race along the historic El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro trail from April 8-9, 2017. Starting at the Bridge of the Americas (El Paso-Ciudad Juárez) with the finish line at Spaceport America, MH Enterprises LLC and the Spaceport America Crew will host and support this two-day 200 mile event.
Runners, sponsors, volunteers and spectators, click here for the latest news.
Spaceport America Cup
The annual Spaceport America signature event series will culminate with the Spaceport America Cup to be held June 13-18, 2017. The Experimental Sounding Rocket Association and the Spaceport America Crew will host and support the world’s largest University rocket engineering competition on the vertical and horizontal launch campuses at Spaceport America.
Teams, judges, sponsors, and spectators are encouraged to sign up on the splash page to stay informed.
Ted Turner Expeditions
If you are are interested in a private tour of Spaceport and the surrounding area, Ted Turner Expeditions offers an eco-conscious journey individually crafted and tailored to deliver an insightful and restorative experience, while also providing extraordinary guest service. All tours are led by private guides, carefully trained to provide a tailored experience to allow guests to experience their own, exclusive “national park.” Tours range from half and full-day tours leaving from Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa onto the Ladder and Armendaris, to particularly-tailored tours for those guests who opt for an all-inclusive experience at Vermejo or the Ladder.
Spaceport America and Armendaris Expedition
From $900 per guest
Experience a full day of adventure, gazing into the future and discovering the past, while exploring two of New Mexico’s inspirational landmarks: Spaceport America and Ted Turner’s historic, 363,000-acre Armendaris Ranch.
Our exclusive Spaceport America Immersion Excursion is a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Ted Turner Expeditions (TTX) guests receive access to the inner workings of this futuristic facility, including the Spaceport Command Center (SCC), home to Mission Control. Guests have the opportunity to interact with Spaceport America crewmembers while touring the 18,000-acre campus.
TTX guests are then escorted a short distance by vehicle to Ted’s Armendaris Ranch for a customized tour. There, guest will have opportunities to encounter 300-million-year-old marine fossils, Cretaceous period dinosaur bone fields, exciting wildlife, commanding views from the summit of the Fra Cristobal Mountains, and other points of interest.
For an additional landing fee, guests with private aircraft can opt to land on Spaceport America’s two-mile-long Spaceway. $900 for first guest, $475 each additional guest. Click here for more info or to book.
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