Commercial spaceflight company to move its operations to NM’s Spaceport this summer.
SANTA FE—Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences) applauded the announcement made this morning by Virgin Galactic that the company plans to move its commercial spaceflight operations to Spaceport America in southern New Mexico this summer.
Dow attended a press conference earlier today with Virgin founder Richard Branson and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe. Branson revealed the company’s plans to relocate its space system vehicles and over 100 employees from Mojave, California to Spaceport America. Virgin Galactic will begin moving staff immediately and continue through the summer.
Virgin Galactic joins six other tenants at Spaceport America. The company has invested over $1 billion in its commercial spaceflight services. According to the Space Foundation, the global space industry totaled $383.5 billion in 2017, and both government and commercial investments in space activity were increasing.
“Today’s announcement is a game changer for Sierra County,” said Dow. “As the space industry continues to grow, southern New Mexico is well positioned to be the global center for commercial space activity.”
Dow continued, “As we see the impossible become possible before our eyes, I hope the community is inspired not only to pursue the new job opportunities that will be available at the Spaceport but their own dreams as well. This is great news for New Mexico.”