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Spaceport America Releases Unredacted Leases

22 Oct 2019, 19:57 UTC
Spaceport America Releases Unredacted Leases
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The Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space terminal hangar facility (center), Spaceport Operations Center (Left) and “Spaceway”
(Runway) at Spaceport America. (Credit: Bill Gutman/Spaceport America)

by Douglas MessierManaging Editor

NMPolitics.net and its publisher, Heath Haussamen, have settled a lawsuit against the secretive New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) that runs Spaceport America. The authority agreed to release a group of fully unredacted leases of tenants at the spaceport and to pay the website $60,000.

The released tenant leases included:

Energeticx.netEXOS AerospaceSpaceXUP Aerospace

The full lease of anchor tenant Virgin Galactic has long been public. You can read the leases here:

Virgin Galactic’s LeaseOther Leases

NMPolitics.net sued because it felt redacting the leases violated New Mexico’s open government law. In settling the lawsuit, NMSA admitted no wrongdoing.

The spaceport is a state government agency that’s funded with our money. Our ability to scrutinize the project is essential to its need to earn public trust and continued funding. So transparency is critical to the spaceport’s success.That’s why I sued the N.M. Spaceport Authority, the state agency that runs the spaceport, in August 2018. I had sought financial records the year before as part of a journalistic investigation into whether the spaceport ...

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