There are many reasons why the world’s premier aerospace companies do business in New Mexico. Here are just a few:
Spaceport America is owned by the State of New Mexico and is the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. Virgin Galactic has entered into a 20 year lease to locate its world headquarters at Spaceport America and launch its space tourism program. The Spaceport Operations Center is a 14,000 square foot dome structure that houses the Spaceport offices, support contractor offices, and emergency response personnel and equipment. The Spaceport runway is 10,000 feet by 200 feet in the 16-34 orientation. The concrete surface is designed to accommodate all classes of aircraft including wide body commercial aircraft. Spaceport America is also used by numerous private companies and scientific and engineering research programs. Currently there are a number of entrepreneurs developing and flying both vertical and horizontal launch vehicles towards exploring commercial space travel opportunities. In addition to Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America clients include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Moog-FTS, UP Aerospace, Microgravity Enterprises, Armadillo Aerospace, and Celestis.
New Mexico is home to 3 national research laboratories, each of which conducts R&D for the space industry; 3 Air Force bases; and 3 testing facilities with access to the restricted air space in southern New Mexico.
U.S. Air Force Bases:
Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) offers three certificates/degrees under Aviation Technology:
Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell offers both an associate’s degree and a Certificate of Completion in Aviation Maintenance Technology.
The University of New Mexico School of Engineering offers a degree in Aerospace Engineering and is currently offering classes in the following fields: