Spaceport America Gets a New Look

Preview tours of the commercial space facility are available now.

Spaceport America

Spaceport America

Spaceport America

Spaceport America, the first purpose-built commercial spaceport, based in southern New Mexico, revealed its new image on Independence Day — a logo the new spaceport has named "Spirit." The new logo symbolizes one red and one blue star coming together, displaying "Spaceport America's core commitment to the spirit of exploration, the promise of human potential, and the powerful combination of vision and courage as it launches the next generation of space," according to a news release.

With the new logo, Spaceport America also transformed its website, www.spaceportamerica.com. Completion of phase one of the $209 million project is near and the modern architecture of the spaceport blends in nicely with the desert landscape of New Mexico. A launch pad, airfield, emergency response capabilities, utilities, roadways and a terminal and hangar facility are all near completion.

The New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA) also received a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for its Spaceport Operations Center, which will be accessible to the public later this summer during a three-hour “preview tour.” The tour, which can be booked through a company called Follow the Sun, Inc at ftstours.com, begins in the community of Hot Springs and includes guided access around the spaceport facilities and a historical tour of New Mexico’s southern desert.

And construction continues to progress at mach speeds. “Once Phase Two construction is completed in 2013, we will have created a whole new kind of visitor experience, and the new Spaceport America brand identity and website are key steps along the path of offering the world an invitation to space,” said Christine Anderson, executive director of NMSA.