Monday, April 13, 2009

Spaceport needs space contractors!

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- A project director for Spaceport America says the first of 13 bid packages for construction of the nation's first inland commercial facility for orbital flights will be released in about two weeks.

John Roberts says all 13 bid packages will be released by June. Roberts says the construction of the facility is going to be very fast-paced. He says the major tenant, Virgin Galactic, wants to be ready to launch by December 2010. Roberts spoke at a public meeting in Dona Ana County attended by about 260 people, who are interested in construction work and other jobs.

Spaceport America spokesman Dave Wilson says two other public meetings, in Hatch and Anthony, had about 110 attendees total.

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