New Mexico Junior College


Spaceport America - Virtual Tour

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1 Thunderbird Circle
Hobbs, NM 88240
United States

Spaceport America - Virtual Tour

Come with us on a virtual tour of Spaceport America

Spaceport America is the first purpose- built commercial spaceport in the world, the FAA-licensed launch complex is situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. Spaceport America was designed, built, and is owned and operated by the State of New Mexico. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) manages Spaceport America. NMSA coordinates all the airspace, manages all facilities across the 18,000 acres, and provides security, fire, and EMT support. All facilities at Spaceport America are paid for by New Mexico taxpayers.

Alice Carruth and Chas Miller will be our guides.

Alice Carruth joined the New Mexico Spaceport Authority as the Public Relations Coordinator in April 2020. Prior to joining the agency, Alice managed communications for Solstar Space Company and coordinated the Las Cruces Space Festival. Alice's background is in promotion, news and events. From managing presentation teams, to leading company rebrands, coordinating events and marketing campaigns, Alice has a demonstrated history working with businesses across the globe and into space.

Chas Miller is a Spaceport Aerospace Engineer at Spaceport America supporting business development and flight operations. After earning a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, Chas served for over 20 years as a VLSI design engineer and project manager at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies, and as an FPGA applications and training engineer at Lattice Semiconductor. He also volunteered as a program presenter at a New Jersey planetarium before moving to Las Cruces in 2006 to study planetary astronomy at New Mexico State University, earning his Ph.D. in 2013. While at NMSU, Chas planned and analyzed observations of Saturn's moon Phoebe, Neptune's moon Triton, Pluto, and NASA's LCROSS impact at the south pole of the Moon. He joined Spaceport America in 2019. Chas and his wife Judy have two sons who graduated from NMSU in 2020 and now live in Maryland.


Registration is FREE and reserves your spot!

Thursday, October 07 , 2021


Mary Lyle