ALBUQUERQUE, NM – NewSpace New Mexico announced Thursday the launch of a new innovation center in Albuquerque to help grow the state’s space industry.
The hub, called “Unite and Ignite Space,” is located in an 8,700 square foot facility near the Albuquerque International Sunport.
It will provide co-working areas, access to resources, meeting spaces and networking events to facilitate new connections and collaborations between space-related companies, government agencies and private entities, a NewSpace NM Founder and CEO Casey Anglada DeRaad told attendees at Thursday’s event. .
“It’s not just about physical spaces,” DeRaad said. “These are programs that are going to help businesses get the resources they need.
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Ignite and Unite was created through a partnership between NewSpace, the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, and the space-focused COSMIAC Research Center at the University of New Mexico.
BlackSky, a satellite development company, will occupy offices at Unite and Ignite. Other space-related companies are also hosted nearby, including Applied Technology Associates and Raven Defense.
NewSpace also plans to open a second facility at the soon-to-be-built MaxQ, a space-related development center near Kirtland, DeRaad said. Unlike the main facility, which aims to facilitate collaborative partnerships in an open facility, the MaxQ center will provide a place for companies to work on classified projects.
The MaxQ development is expected to have over 2 million square feet of office, research and retail space just south of Kirtland.
Unite and Ignite is backed by $ 11 million in federal funding that U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich helped secure.
Heinrich said commercial space activities have grown exponentially over the past decade, allowing small businesses to enter the industry.
He called the new Unite and Ignite facility a collaborative “habitat” that will help create a new ecosystem for accessibility and commercialization of space in New Mexico and beyond.
“This is truly the start of something great for our nation and for the world,” said Heinrich. “One of the most exciting technological developments in my life has been to witness a real change in the accessibility of space.”