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Spaceport America Photo Op Tours

Posted by on March 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Spaceport America Photo Op Tours

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Get your space exploration fix on at the world’s “first purpose-built commercial spaceport”, right here in our own backyard!

Cindy Bellelli Productions is hosting a spaceport tour with optional photo ops this Sunday.

Check out the Facebook event page here or contact Cindy to schedule:
575-740-2016
cindy.bellelli@gmail.com

Business owners and product developers make note – this is your chance to have your presence and/or product photographed at a global New Mexico draw! Call Cindy TODAY!

Virgin Galactic seeks businesses to supply Spaceport America – Las Cruces Sun News

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S-O-C-K-S?!? Gaga in space via New Mexico

Posted by on November 6, 2013 | Comments Off on S-O-C-K-S?!? Gaga in space via New Mexico

Gaga in Space

So, along with out of this world super, intergalacic talents like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Foo Fighters, apparently Gaga is set to shoot into outer space a la New Mexico’s Zero G Colony high-tech musical festival.

Zero G Colony is a three-day hi-tech festival set to take place at Spaceport America in New Mexico that features world-class entertainment and cutting-edge technology. Gaga’s performance in space is planned to take place on the third day at dawn, which is approximately six months after the first Virgin Galactic commercial flight…

Well, there’s no doubt that NM’s first commercial flights into space will be epic, but seeing as the first launches have been pushed six months beyond the original lift-off date, into August 2014, we won’t likely see any of these celebs nor any of the some 600 pre-flight registaurs (and their gross receipts tax) for quite a while.

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‘Space Race’ America Headed to NM

Posted by on October 5, 2013 | One comment

Spaceport, NM

NBC’s drama series, The Night Shift is currently in production at Albuquerque Studios in central New Mexico, and it looks like one of their upcoming reality shows will be heading south in the near future to shoot the first ever American space travel competition.

Uber producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) is making the move into out-of-this-world reality, by offering contestants a chance at space travel in a “groundbreaking, elimination competition series”, based out of New Mexico’s own Spaceport America – Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial space travel facility.

Teaming with Branson will bring Burnett’s long-time quest of taking reality competition into the stratosphere to fruition. After successfully selling NBC on the idea of space competition and subsequently building two grounded show premises around the concept over ten years ago, the project will finally take flight from New Mexico.

“I am thrilled to be part of a series that will give the everyday person a chance to see space and that NBC has come on board too so that viewers at home will have a first class seat.” Burnett said in a recent statement.

The prospective air date for the show has been revealed, but the commercial space travel flights, going for up to $250,000.00 each, are scheduled to begin launching from Spaceport America in 2014. Advance ticket deposits are reported to have been purchased by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Simon Cowell and over 600 more buyers to the tune of over $80M.

Revised 6:50 p.m. (MST)

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Leonardo DiCaprio: From King of the World to Captain of the Galaxy

Posted by on May 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Leonardo DiCaprio: From King of the World to Captain of the Galaxy

Leonardo DiCaprio takes to space from New Mexico Spaceport

As we told you here Leonardo DiCaprio’s Titanic co-star, Kate Winslet was on hand for the grand opening of Sir Richard Branson’s Spaceport America – the world’s only commercial space destination port, back in 2011.

Well now one of the biggest stars on earth is slated to take to the heavens with three generous bidders who collectively paid $3.8M to launch from Spaceport New Mexico with the actor.

The galaxy bound foursome was assembled as a top offering of the Cinema Against AIDS Charity Auction held on Thursday night at the Cannes Film Festival’s amfAR Gala. This year the annual event raised a record $25M to fund AIDS research.

As predicted this is just one in the beginning of many major celebrity visits and tourism prospects the spaceport lends to New Mexico!


Images via Columbia Pictures, Spaceport America

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Will Smith’s After Earth at New Mexico’s Spaceport America

Posted by on May 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Will Smith’s After Earth at New Mexico’s Spaceport America

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Will and Jaden Smith Premiere After Earth at Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA

Posted by on May 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Will and Jaden Smith Premiere After Earth at Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA

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LAS CRUCES, Sun-News report – Will Smith and his son, Jaden, star together in the film “After Earth” which is scheduled to open on May 31. On Friday, though, the father-and-son duo were in southern New Mexico at Spaceport America to help promote the film as well as promote a pact between Virgin Produced – the film and television arm of Virgin Group – with Overbrook Entertainment.

Virgin Galactic is a tenant at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, about 40 miles north of Las Cruces.

Overbrook Entertainment will support the “After Earth” franchise, according to a release. The movie’s plot involves a crash landing that leaves the two main characters stranded on earth 1,000 years after humanity left the planet.

Will Smith at Spaceport America – El Paso Times

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Kutch in Space, New Mexico Style

Posted by on March 21, 2012 | Comments Off on Kutch in Space, New Mexico Style

Moore may be reticent on a return to New Mexico, but Kutcher is reportedly signed-up for the $200K space flight via NM’s Own Spaceport America!

Commercial space adventure pioneer, Sir Richard Branson announced his latest star client Monday saying, “I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier with us and to experience the magic of space for himself.”

MTV News Reports (sans mention of NM):

When you’re a single guy in your 30s making more than $700,000 per episode on a sitcom, there isn’t much that’s out of your financial reach. Wanna go out and buy a car today with cash? Go for it. Hell, buy two!

That and the actor’s “whatever, dude” attitude might explain why British adventure billionaire Richard Branson announced on his blog this week that Ashton Kutcher, 34, has signed up to be the 500th space tourist on Branson’s Virgin Galactic airlines. The suborbital spacecraft will give passengers a few minutes of weightlessness at a cost of $200,000 per ride.

Branson expects to launch a test flight beyond the Earth’s atmosphere this year and possibly start sending commercial passengers into space in 2013 or 2014 on its six-passenger jets.

Of course, that’s if things progress on track. In the meantime, we were wondering: What other kinds of outer-limits adventures or experiences Ashton could have while he’s awaiting a shot at the great beyond? » Read the full post

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Foos in Space – New Mexico Style

Posted by on February 17, 2012 | Comments Off on Foos in Space – New Mexico Style

In a quest to push American music beyond the stratosphere, the Foo Fighters have announced their intentions to record their next album in outer space!

Why not? Their fans and the Grammys were “over the moon” (forgive me M.K) for the back to basics garage band recording methods on their most recent album…

As you and the whole wide world ought to know, there’s only one way to launch the Foos into space and that means first stop, NEW MEXICO baby!

Yes, the one and only commercial spaceport on the planet calls The Land of Enchantment home. So, in addition to the Foo ties that bind our great state to the band, their galactic transit aspirations would bring them our way again!

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Spaceport Much?

Posted by on February 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Spaceport Much?

UPDATE 2/10/12: Governor Susana Martinez is urging lawmakers to revisit the tabled bills stating that a “boost to local economies” is at stake. Via Capitol Report New Mexico

Insert Doodlebop bus horn sound here.

In “world’s first and only commercial” Spaceport news, New Mexico Legislators have all but killed a bill that would have limited the ability of space travelers to file suit against manufacturers of parts and equipment used for “inter-galactic” travel, in case of loss or injury.

Las Cruces Senator Mary Kay Papen (D), who introduced the bill says, “I think it will have a slowdown” and calls it a setback, citing a lack of legal protection for Spaceport America suppliers. Furthermore, The Albuquerque Journal reports: Officials claim at least two major companies may otherwise choose to go elsewhere like Texas, Florida or Virginia, where parts manufacturers are not held liable for death or injury when their products malfunction during commercial space travel.

While passenger liability claims options remain open at this time, Spaceport America has unveiled plans for 2013 visitor access.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, (AP) — Spaceport America visitors would be able to go on behind-the-scenes tours and visit the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space in southern New Mexico.

It’s all part of the visitor experience plan unveiled this week by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. The board of directors reviewed plans to design, build and program the visitor experience.

The plan calls for welcome centers in Hatch and Truth or Consequences.

There would also be a visitor center at the spaceport. Officials say the goal is to immerse visitors in the excitement of the world’s first commercial spaceport built specifically for launching people and payloads into space.

Officials expect more than 200,000 people will visit annually.

The initial visitor experience program is expected to begin operating in 2013, about the time Virgin Galactic plans to begin commercial operations at Spaceport America.

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Hot Off the FOREIGN & GOSSIP Presses – Spaceport, NM

Posted by on October 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Hot Off the FOREIGN & GOSSIP Presses – Spaceport, NM

DATELINE AUSTRALIA, (not part of the USA) – No wonder no one can find NM on a map of North America (I’m looking at you USA Today of the early 90s, which reversed NM & AZ…At least you had the pre-cognition to cite the future likeness in immigration “standards”).

Anyhoo, SPACEPORT AMERICA has had its grand opening…complete with celebrity, actual astronaut and Royal sightings alike. NM Tourism much? No? Well it happened, with but a blip (à la the AP/Associated Press news wire in most cases), on the NM news scene back on Monday.

From a current 500 jobs, sky rocketing (wink) to a whopping 2K future (forecasted) jobs, the NM spaceport has been officially christened! EVEN our own Governess was there!

The “Keys to a New Dawn” event has already gone down but the future upscale launches can only take NM up!

Thanks to the Australian who sent this in…

Links: US Magazine, PerezHilton, New Scientist, People Magazine, Daily Mail UK, The Sun, Parabolic Arc, Aviation Week, Sydney Morning Herald (tomorrow’s)

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Stargate, NM

Posted by on October 22, 2010 | 2 comments

Base Image via Norm Dettlaff/Sun-News

Houston Spaceport, New Mexico we (will soon) have lift-off.

Stratosphere defying stars and billionaires alike will soon be able to make the trek out to Spaceport America, NM for the first of the commercial tourism flights as charted by the Virgin Galactic/New Mexico venture that is Spaceport AMERICA.

From the Associated Press via Las Cruces Sun News:

White Knight Two touches down in NM desert

Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and prospective astronauts gathered in the southern New Mexico desert Friday to celebrate the completion of the runway at the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

Spaceport America is the world’s first facility designed specifically to launch commercial spacecraft. The celebration of its nearly-two-mile-long runway comes less than two weeks after another major step for Virgin Galactic: the first solo glide flight of its space tourism rocket ship.

Branson called it an emotional and historic day. The British billionaire said he expects flights for space tourists to begin in nine to 18 months, and he will be among the first passengers…

KRQE

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Hold These Truths to be Self-evident

Posted by on April 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Hold These Truths to be Self-evident

Image via Flickr

Quote of the day, the Buzz Aldrin edition:

“The simple truth is that we have already been to the Moon – some 40 years ago. What this nation needs in order to maintain its position as the 21st century leader in space exploration is a near-term focus on lowering the cost of access to space and on developing key, cutting-edge technologies that will take us further and faster…” – Buzz via MSNBC

NM is at the ready with spectacular moon views and space travel.

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