NMSA PRESS RELEASE
April 15, 2008
UPHAM, NM â€” The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) today announced intentions to create a new venture between the NMSA, the Air Force, higher education, and the private sector to create a competitive educational launch program for students in public schools and universities.
The program is envisioned to be a collaborative effort between the NMSA, the Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base (AFRL), the X-Prize Foundation, the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University (NMSG), UP Aerospace and Microgravity Enterprises, Inc. (MEI), all of which have demonstrated support for Spaceport America, the nationâ€™s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.
NMSA Executive Director Steve Landeene looks forward to creating the launch competition for the 2008-2009 academic year. â€œThe spaceport is all about finding new, innovative ways to access space, and inspiring todayâ€™s young minds to meet tomorrowâ€™s challenges,â€ Landeene said. â€œIt is a part of fulfilling Spaceport Americaâ€™s educational mission.â€