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SpaceX Testing Heads For New Mexico

By Keith Cowing
May 7, 2013
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Governor Martinez Announces New Spaceport America Tenant SpaceX to Flight Test Reusable Rocket “Grasshopper”
“Governor Susana Martinez today announced that Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, has signed a three-year agreement to lease land and facilities at Spaceport America to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program. The company will be a new tenant at Spaceport America, the state-owned commercial launch site located in southern New Mexico.”
Elon Musk’s SpaceX signs lease at NM spaceport, AP
“Spaceport America Executive Director Christine Anderson said the Grasshopper project is moving from McGregor, Texas, to New Mexico because the rocket needs to be tested at higher altitudes. The reusable rocket could revolutionize the commercial space industry by greatly reducing costs, she said. Traditional rockets burn up on re-entry.”

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