Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs lease at NM spaceport

Originally posted on KFWB NEWS TALK 980:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another space industry heavyweight has signed on to use New Mexico’s Spaceport America — Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.

It agreed to a three-year lease to do testing of its “Grasshopper” reusable rocket in southern New Mexico.

SpaceX is one of the leading developers of rockets and spacecraft and is one of the companies the $209 million taxpayer-built spaceport project has been trying to recruit.

“We’ve done a lot of work to level the playing field so we can compete in the space industry,” Martinez said in a statement. “This is just the first step in broadening the base out at the Spaceport and securing even more tenants. I’m proud to welcome SpaceX to New Mexico.”

Spaceport America Executive Director Christine Anderson said the Grasshopper project is moving from McGregor, Texas, to New Mexico because the rocket needs…

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