TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (KRQE) – The launch of commercial flights to space from Spaceport America was supposed to help the economy here take off. However, after years and years of delays, the Spaceport is trying other things to make money, like starting a new online store.
The Spaceport sent out a newsletter this month to let people know about the online shop, encouraging everyone to do their holiday shopping on the site. You won’t find tickets for a flight to space, but it does have everything from shirts and coffee mugs to shot glasses.
“It is Christmastime. I’m sure there’d be lots of people that would buy that stuff,” Mark Rutherford said.
“Being from New Mexico I think I probably would. I like their designs. I like the hats and some of the shirts for men,” Nick Pappas said.
It is all part of a new business strategy to try make a couple million dollars a year to keep the place running.
“That’s a very expensive pen,” Charla Henley said, pointing to a $40 space pen that writes upside down or under water.
Not everyone’s buying that this is going make a big difference when it comes to bringing in enough extra cash.
“I think it’s going to be difficult with that,” Jack Foreman said.
“It looks like they have a really limited amount of apparel online,” Hayley Larson said.
Of course, this is just one new thing the Spaceport is trying.
The state is also marketing the location for film and commercial shoots while trying to lure smaller aerospace companies as well. This comes in the wake of the deadly crash during a test flight for Virgin Galactic’s spaceship in California.
Virgin Galactic originally thought it would be flying tourists to space from the Spaceport three years ago.