Rocket Lab expansion to bring manufacturing jobs to Albuquerque

110 Views   Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — The Biden-Harris Administration announced Tuesday the Department of Commerce will fund Rocket Lab with up to $23.9 million to enhance the supply of space-grade solar cells used in spacecraft and satellites. Rocket Lab is the parent company of SolAero Technologies, which assembles solar cells

Spaceport America faces criticism after Virgin Galactic layoffs

211 Views   To the sound of thundering engines and applause from spectators, Virgin Galactic began launching commercial space flights out of New Mexico’s Spaceport America last June. But just months after its first commercial launch, the company announced a series of layoffs, and said it would pause spaceflights in mid-2024

Virgin Galactic shares plunge after finance announcement

281 Views   Shares of Virgin Galactic, the space tourism venture founded by Richard Branson, are plunging after the British billionaire said he has no plans to invest more money in the company as he says it has “sufficient funds” already.

New Mexico flight terminated as NASA investigates anomaly

347 Views   NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – NASA is currently working to recover one of its projects after an undefined incident caused them to terminate the flight. According to NASA, a scientific balloon carrying its FIREball-2 project was launched Monday morning from Fort Sumner.

Virgin Galactic will take another spaceflight in early October

338 Views   TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – The next spaceflight for Virgin Galactic is now in countdown mode, and the company will be making history once again. Galactic 04’s flight window will be on October 5. The flight will include three private astronauts with different backgrounds.

New report shows economic impact of Spaceport America in New Mexico

360 Views   TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – Spaceport America has been at the center of national attention recently as more Virgin Galactic commercial flights launch from New Mexico. But according to a new report from New Mexico State University and the Arrowhead Center, it’s more than just the shuttle thrusters

Some concerned spaceport falling short of economic expectations

338 Views   With Virgin Galactic launching commercial space flights out of Spaceport America, supporters say the publicly funded spaceport could help the region become one of the top markets for the aerospace industry, but some in the surrounding communities aren’t so convinced. KRWG’s Jonny Coker has the story.