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Friday April 14th, 2017

Locally Built Spacecraft to Visit Museum Wednesday

Las Cruces Company ARCA Space Corporation to Display New Haas 2CA Rocket

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 14, 2017) – An industry is taking shape in southern New Mexico – rocket building – and a Las Cruces company is leading the way. ARCA Space Corporation relocated from Europe to the Las Cruces International Airport in 2014 and brought with them a team driven to corner the market on low cost satellite delivery with a new breed of launch vehicle featuring cutting edge technology. The Haas 2CA rocket, named after medieval rocket pioneer Conrad Haas, is a single stage to orbit rocket can launch 220 pounds of payload into low earth orbit for significantly less cost than is currently available. The rocket, built at the ARCA facility in Las Cruces, will be on display at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 19 beginning at 1:00.

IMAGE: ARCA Space Corporations Haas 2CA rocket, built at their Las Cruces manufacturing facility, will be on display at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Wednesday, April 19, from 1:00 to 3:00. (Photo courtesy ARCA)

ARCA Space Corporations Haas 2CA rocket, built at their Las Cruces manufacturing facility, will be on display at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Wednesday, April 19, from 1:00 to 3:00. (Photo courtesy ARCA)

Otero County residents will be able to get an up close and personal look at the new Haas 2CA and talk to ARCA representatives, including CEO Dumitru Popescu, as part of a regional tour of the fifty foot rocket. According to ARCA Operations Manager Phil Harvey, the tour is part of an ongoing effort to educate New Mexico residents about the opportunities that the commercial space industry and ARCA are bringing to the state.

ARCA Space Corporation was introduced to New Mexico several years ago as an X PRIZE competitor and Popescu quickly fell in love with the Land of Enchantment. With preliminary partnerships already in place with NASA’s space centers, ARCA is in the process of securing its FAA license and is actively seeking US defense partnerships. The first launch of the Haas 2CA is slated for 2018 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, but the manufacturing of the rocket fleet that will be needed to meet the needs of a $5 billion industry is happening in New Mexico at their Las Cruces facility. ARCA is also negotiating with Spaceport America for future flights from that location.

“The exciting thing for me is that ARCA is building their rockets here in southern New Mexico,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. “With our rich heritage of space research and development for the US manned space program, it seems very appropriate that ARCA has chosen our state to manufacture their new spacecraft. It’s interesting to note that the aerospike engine that the Haas 2CA is using in based on technology first tested by NASA in the 60s for potential use in the space shuttle and later the Venture Star single stage to orbit craft in the early 2000s. Had the Venture Star project not been cancelled, it would have flown from southern New Mexico. ” The ARCA rocket will be on display in the upper parking lot of the museum beginning at 1:00 and staying through the afternoon on Wednesday and the community is encouraged to come up and look, take pictures, and ask questions.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/