(LAS CRUCES, NM) – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport, has launched its operations center and a new look for its brand on Independence Day. NMSA announced it has obtained a temporary Certificate of Occupancy from the New Mexico Regulations and Licensing Department for the Spaceport Operations Center (SOC), a dome-shaped building adjacent to the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space that will support operations.
The design of the interior is underway and final build out construction is expected to begin by the end of 2012. When complete, the SOC will house NMSA staff and theirprimary contractors that will handle facilities operations, security, fire and EMT service. Spaceport America also launched a new logo for July 4. "Our new identity emphasizes our dedication to the highest level of service to both our launchcustomers and the hundreds of thousands of expected annual visitors from around the globe," saidAnderson. “We look forward to soon adding access to the newly finished SOC facility to our guided‘Preview Tour’ this summer.” Anderson said. "Spaceport America is helping a newAmerican Revolution take place in the commercial space industry, and what better time toshowcase our new brand than the Fourth of July," said Christine Anderson, Executive Director ofthe New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA). The new identity, named "Spirit", represents two stars coming together; the collaboration ofinnovative efforts to propel man's reach into space. The Spaceport America identity is created fromthe colors of our nation with red symbolizing energy, strength, and power and blue symbolizingtrust, loyalty and wisdom. It reflects Spaceport America’s core commitment to the spirit ofexploration, the promise of human potential, and the powerful combination of vision and courageas it launches the next generation of space.