- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) - A California-based company has announced plans to build a ground station at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico to boost its satellite communications business.

X2nSat and spaceport officials announced Tuesday that a memorandum of agreement has been signed. Negotiations are now underway on a long-term lease that would give the company access to land and infrastructure at the taxpayer-financed spaceport.

New Mexico Spaceport Authority Executive Director Christine Anderson expects the lease to be signed this summer. She says details such as the value and length of the lease are being worked out.

The California company uses small dish antennas and satellites to transfer data from one ground station to another or to access the internet. The data can include anything from credit card transactions to medical records.

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