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Virgin Galactic moving commercial operations base, 100 workers to New Mexico

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 15, 2019
Virgin Galactic announced that the space company plans to relocate more than 100 employees, comprising its entire commercial spaceflight operations base, to New Mexico’s Spaceport America.
Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson
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Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico.

The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer.

Spaceport America represents a $218 million investment by the state of New Mexico.

The 18,000-acre FAA-licensed facility sits adjacent to the U.S.

Army’s White Sands Missile Range and has three vertical launch complexes and a 12,000-foot runway.

Just 45 miles north of Las Cruces, Spaceport America has the most restricted airspace in the Unites States except for the sky over the White House.

To date, Spaceport America has hosted 204 vertical launches as well as student rocket and science competitions.