- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) - An aerospace company based in southern New Mexico plans to begin testing its aircraft and space launch vehicles at Spaceport America beginning next year.

Officials with the New Mexico Spaceport Authority announced Tuesday that ARCA Space Corp. has selected Spaceport America as the site for its testing.

ARCA was established in 1999 as a nonprofit organization in Romania and became known for its innovative developments within private space flight. In 2004, the company launched its first rocket - the Demonstrator 2B - as part of the Ansari X Prize Competition.

The company expanded its operations to the United States last year.

Founder and CEO Dumitru Popescu says the proximity to Spaceport America and the expansive access to airspace were crucial factors in the decision to locate the company’s global headquarters in Las Cruces.

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