Since the end of WWII, the New Mexico Borderplex in southern New Mexico has stood as one of the nation’s top locations for aerospace research, testing and development. Home to a well-established base of firms in the aerospace industry, including Jacobs Technology, Boeing, General Dynamics, Honeywell, PSL, Raytheon and NASA; as well a large number of federal, state and military research centers, the New Mexico Borderplex is a hub for aerospace study and advancement.
New Mexico Borderplex Aerospace Centers:
The nation’s first purpose-built commercial space facility, Spaceport America holds great promise for the New Mexico Borderplex economic future. It has an average elevation of 4,500 feet and a lack of conflicting operations, facilities and environmental constraints. Designed to accommodate all classes of aircraft including wide body commercial aircraft, Spaceport America is also used by numerous private companies and scientific and engineering research programs. The site will soon be capable of accommodating the activities of both vertical and horizontal takeoff space launch vehicles and serve as the base for pre-flight and post-flight activities.
White Sands Missile Range
Established in 1945, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is a test range that functions to support missile development and test programs for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA, other government agencies and private industry. It is the largest open-air land test range in the country and boasts state-of-the-art environmental testing chambers, an extensive data collection instrumentation suite and data processing and modeling & simulation (M&S) facilities.
NASA White Sands Test Facility
The NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) provides expertise and infrastructure to test and evaluate spacecraft materials, components and rocket propulsion systems. WSTF plays a key role in the nation’s space effort and enables the safe human exploration and utilization of space.
New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory
Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) is a multidiscipline, aerospace and defense-oriented scientific and technical organization. Its key capabilities are grouped into four laboratories: Information Operations Laboratory, Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Telemetry and Missile Systems Laboratory and Emerging Technologies Laboratory.
Technical Analysis and Applications Center UAS Flight Test Center
Located within the PSL, the Technical Analysis and Applications Center offers uninhabited air vehicle research, education, flight test operations and information dissemination; advanced aviation technologies testing; consultation for regulation development; coordination with Federal Aviation Administration, International Civil Aviation Organization and Joint Aviation Authorities; development and validations of applications and a long-range UAV flight corridor.
Holloman Air Force Base
Holloman Air Force Base is home to the Air Force’s 49th wing, which supports national security objectives. The wing provides combat-ready Airmen, F-22 Raptors and trains MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. The wing also delivers Air Transportable Clinics and Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources while providing support to more than 17,000 military and civilian personnel, including German Air Force Flying Training center operations.
X Prize Cup
The first X-Prize Cup competition was held at the Las Cruces International Airport. The competition began as partnership between Holloman Air Force Base, the State of New Mexico and the X PRIZE Foundation. It was the first space expo ever to allow aircraft and rockets to fly at the same event. The highlight of the X Prize Cup activities was the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, a competition requiring a vehicle to simulate trips between the moon’s surface and lunar orbit.
Las Cruces International Airport
Las Cruces International Airport is the only small community airport in U.S. to be certified by the FAA to test UAV’s.
Mesilla Valley’s mild climate, numerous research centers, state-of-the-art testing facilities and established aerospace organizations make it an ideal location for aerospace industries. Let us tell you more about why the New Mexico Borderplex is the Right Space for Aerospace…Call us today at 800-523-6833.