New Mexico Partnership Aerospace Familiarization Tour Opportunity for Media

On behalf of the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Partnership, we would like to invite relevant members of the media to participate in a familiarization tour of Spaceport America in conjunction with the Spaceport America Cup, June 21 – 22, 2022. This exclusive media opportunity is hosted by the State of New Mexico and the New Mexico Partnership. It will provide an opportunity for a member of your media team to learn more about the different Spaceport America missions and The Spaceport America Cup, the world’s largest intercollegiate rocket engineering conference and competition.

New Mexico has a history of fostering a cutting-edge aerospace and space ecosystem. In fact, New Mexico was the third state to launch humans into space. And, with more than 100 space companies located in New Mexico, many will be in attendance at the Spaceport America Cup, interview opportunities with industry leaders will be abundant during this familiarization tour. The Spaceport America tour will offer Q&A opportunities with organizations such as Sierra Space, SpinLaunch, Haps Global and more.

Meals, transportation (to/from Spaceport America) and limited rooms will be provided.



Day 1 – Tuesday, June 21, 2022

  • Industry overview from State of New Mexico Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes, Economic Development Department
  • Spaceport America Cup and Aerospace interview opportunities
  • Optional tour of the Borderplex


Day 2 – Wednesday, June 22, 2022

  • Site tour of Spaceport America
  • Spaceport America Cup


Day 3 – Thursday, June 23, 2022

  • Spaceport America Cup (optional)
  • Airport transfers to El Paso


Please confirm your attendance to participate in this familiarization tour with Andie Mercer and include your name, title and media outlet. Please let us know if you have any questions! We look forward to hearing back from you.

In addition to exclusive access to Spaceport America, we will also provide an optional tour of New Mexico’s Borderplex region. This area has become a hub for large-scale international manufacturers and accounts for more than 50% of New Mexico’s worldwide exports. Links to recent press releases covering the border region can be found below:

Border Infrastructure and Global Trade Top Priority

Santa Teresa, New Mexico has the Largest Cattle Crossing on the Mexican Border

Story Ideas

  • The Spaceport America Cup pioneers women in science
  • 22 countries compete at The Spaceport America Cup
  • Spaceport America Cup winners
  • First-year Spaceport America Cup competitors
  • Spaceport America Cup impacts on global scientific research
  • Future industry leaders
  • What it takes to make a rocket, safe to launch
  • How student crews get ready to launch a rocket
  • History of aerospace in New Mexico
  • Aerospace developments in New Mexico
  • Sponsor industry milestones
  • Spaceport America – what is it?
  • Spaceport America developments
  • The Spaceport America Cup is the world’s largest intercollegiate rocket engineering competition
  • Why Sierra Space, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Raytheon, Honeywell and other big names in aerospace sponsor The Spaceport America Cup
  • An inside look at 126 rocket launches in 3.5 days


About The Spaceport America Cup

The 2022 Spaceport America Cup will bring nearly 1,500 students from around the world, to collaborate and compete in a rocket building competition, at a world-class spaceport facility. Student teams will represent more than 100 institutions and nearly two dozen countries. Interviews with students, judges, sponsors and other industry leaders will be available to media during the opening day of the competition.

The most recent list of participating countries and teams can be found here.

More information about the Spaceport America Cup can be found here.


About Spaceport America

Included in this tour is a look at Spaceport America. Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot by 200-foot runway, vertical launch complexes, and about 340 days of sunshine and low humidity.